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Bio:
Polly Noonan most recently appeared at the Goodman in Passion Play: a cycle in three parts during the 2007/2008 Season. Her recent work includes the premieres of Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and of Passion Play: a cycle in three parts at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Women's Project Theater Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Stage Manager

Polly Noonan Biography

Polly Noonan most recently appeared at the Goodman in Passion Play: a cycle in three parts during the 2007/2008 Season. Her recent work includes the premieres of Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and of Passion Play: a cycle in three parts at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes nomination). Other Ruhl premieres include Eurydice at Madison Repertory; Melancholy Play, directed by Jessica Thebus; and Orlando, commissioned and directed by Joyce Piven, at the Piven Theatre Workshop. Ms. Noonan has worked on Sarah Ruhl’s plays for 10 years, starting at the Piven Theatre Workshop with Sarah’s adaptation of Orlando. Other productions directed by Joyce Piven include Eurydice, Brilliant Traces, and American Voices at the Piven Theatre Workshop and Orlando at the Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles. Ms. Noonan was a member of the Piven Theatre Workshop’s Young People’s Company, and a founding member of the New Criminals, a commedia dell’Arte theater company.  She appeared in most of the company shows, including Methusalem, directed by John Cusack, and Accidental Death of An Anarchist, directed by Steve Pink. She has worked on new plays at the Sundance Institute, the Geva Theatre Center, New Dramatists, Soho Repertory and Playwrights Horizons. She attended Vassar College and the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Her film work includes Novocaine, High Fidelity, Arizona Dream and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. If you like music, check her out on the cover of the Lemonhead’s album It’s a Shame About Ray or listen to her random phone message (track 11) on Lovey.

Polly Noonan Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play
Polly NoonanDead Man's Cell Phone
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play
Polly NoonanPassion Play, A Cycle

Polly Noonan News

Photos: Elvis Costello, Paula Vogel, And More Turn Out For LETTERS FROM MAX Opening N Photo Photos: Elvis Costello, Paula Vogel, And More Turn Out For LETTERS FROM MAX Opening Night At Signature Theatre!
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 28, 2023

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl's Letters From Max, directed by Kate Whoriskey, based on the book by Ruhl and Max Ritvo (Milkweed Editions), running through March 19, 2023. See photos from the show's opening night celebration featuring the show's star Jessica Hecht, rock icon Elvis Costello and more!

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of BECKY NURSE OF SALEM at Lincoln Center Theater Photo Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of BECKY NURSE OF SALEM at Lincoln Center Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 5, 2022

See photos from opening night of Becky Nurse of Salem, a new play by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Rebecca Taichman, now playing at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. 

World Premiere SECONDO Announced At TheaterWorks Hartford This Summer Photo World Premiere SECONDO Announced At TheaterWorks Hartford This Summer
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2022

TheaterWorks Hartford presents the World Premiere of SECONDO the sequel to our beloved hit show, I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI by Jacques Lamarre based on stories by Giulia Melucci. Directed by Rob Ruggiero, the production runs JULY 29 – AUGUST 28 and marks the 10th anniversary since I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI first enamored Hartford audiences.

Capital Repertory Theatre Presents THE TRUE, The Story Of The Powerhouse Confidant B Photo Capital Repertory Theatre Presents THE TRUE, The Story Of The Powerhouse Confidant Behind Albany's Democratic Machine 
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 1, 2022

The True, an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty and  female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics, will open on Tuesday  April 5, 2022, at Capital Repertory Theatre (251 North Pearl Street) with previews starting on  Friday, April 1 and running through Sunday, April 24.  

Meryl Streep & Kevin Kline to Star in Sarah Ruhl's DEAR ELIZABETH Presented by Spotli Photo Meryl Streep & Kevin Kline to Star in Sarah Ruhl's DEAR ELIZABETH Presented by Spotlight on Plays
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2021

The “Spotlight on Plays” series will conclude on Thursday, June 17 with Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth starring Academy Award winners Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep with stage directions voiced by Polly Noonan.  Dear Elizabeth will premiere on Thursday, June 17 at 8PM EST/5PM PST and will be available for a limited time only.

Virtual Theatre Today: Thursday, July 16- with Julianne Moore, George Takei & More! Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Thursday, July 16- with Julianne Moore, George Takei & More!
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 16, 2020

Today (July 16) in live streaming: Broadway barks is back, MCC presents Good As New, and so much more!

The New Group Off Stage Presents Benefit Reunion Reading of THE TRUE, Starring Edie F Photo The New Group Off Stage Presents Benefit Reunion Reading of THE TRUE, Starring Edie Falco, Michael McKean, and More
by Stephi Wild - Jul 16, 2020

The New Group Off Stage will present a Reunion Reading Series featuring original casts of iconic plays from the company's first 25 years. This benefit Reunion Reading Series kicks off tonight, July 16 at 7:00pm with Sharr White's The True.

The New Group Off Stage Presents Benefit Reunion Readings Featuring Edie Falco, Jesse Photo The New Group Off Stage Presents Benefit Reunion Readings Featuring Edie Falco, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Zegen and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 25, 2020

The New Group Off Stage will present a Reunion Reading Series featuring original casts of iconic plays from the company's first 25 years.

Phoenix Best, Amber Iman, and More Among Latest Vassar Powerhouse Casting Photo Phoenix Best, Amber Iman, and More Among Latest Vassar Powerhouse Casting
by Julie Musbach - Jul 16, 2019

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced additional casting for the highly anticipated 35th Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which continues through Sunday, July 28.

BWW Review: Edie Falco, Michael McKean and Peter Scolari Tackle Politics and Marriage Photo BWW Review: Edie Falco, Michael McKean and Peter Scolari Tackle Politics and Marriage in Sharr White's THE TRUE
by Michael Dale - Sep 21, 2018

Dorothea 'Polly' Noonan, the real-life central character of Sharr White's new political drama, THE TRUE, was the grandmother of current United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  If times were different, she might have been in the Senate herself, keeping the seat warm for her.


Polly Noonan Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Polly Noonan been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Dead Man's Cell Phone and Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Passion Play, A Cycle .