The Second Girl
Patricia Neal Stage

The Second Girl

September 9 - October 8, 2016


Director: Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Writer: By Ronan Noone

The Second Girl

With Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night as a backdrop, The Second Girl is set in the downstairs world of the Tyrone family kitchen in August 1912. In this lyrical, poignant play, two Irish immigrant servant girls and the American chauffeur search for love, success, and a sense of belonging; giving us a wrenching, often humorous and intimate behind the scenes look at their lives. THE SECOND GIRL had its world premiere at the Huntington Theater in 2015. The Second Girl is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.


The Second Girl Program




Ronan Noone
Now based in Boston, Ronan Noone emigrated from Ireland. His first play The Lepers of Baile Baiste (IRNE, Best New Play) was workshopped with Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright Derek Walcott and won the Michael Kanin Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award.His second play, The Blowin of Baile Gall was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg New Play Award and won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script and the Independent Reviewers of New England award (IRNE) for Best New Play.The Gigolo of Baile Breag (IRNE nominated) completed the Irish Trilogy. THE SECOND GIRL is the winner of the Inaugural Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Excellence in Playwriting Award.
MJ Bruder Munafo
MJ Bruder Munafo has served as the Artistic & Executive Director of Martha's Vineyard Playhouse since 1995. Previously, she worked for ten years as the Playhouse’s Managing and Producing Director. She is responsible for the management of the Playhouse and the production of well over 250 plays during her tenure. Her education in the theater has been in the theater itself, but in 1994, while actively running the Playhouse, she returned to school. In June of 1997, she graduated cum laude from Harvard University's Extension School, earning her ALB with a Concentration in Drama. Her work as a stage director spans over twenty-five years and over fifty plays; including highly-acclaimed productions of The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird and Our Town, as well as productions of Proof, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Laramie Project, Master Harold and the Boys, The Children's Hour and others too numerous to mention. In addition, she has helped develop and direct many new plays including Jon Lipsky’s Walking the Volcano in 2009, and in 2015, she directed Arnie Reisman’s Not Constantinople and Edward L. Beck's Sweetened Water. MJ is committed to educating children and introducing them to the theater. So far at the Playhouse, she has co-founded The Fourth Grade Theater Project, TeenProv!, Summer Stars Theater Arts Camp, The Fabulists: Theater for Children and Theater Kidz. In addition to directing on the stage, Ms. Bruder Munafo has served as a casting consultant for film and television projects on the Vineyard. She is a member of SDC. MJ is the recipient of the 2005 Creative Living Award from the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard. She and her husband Paul live in Vineyard Haven.
Doria Bramante (Bridget Conroy)
Doria is thrilled to be making her Martha's Vineyard Playhouse debut. A graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Doria has worked extensively in New York, Los Angeles and in regional theaters earning several awards for both acting and singing. She has toured the entire Adriatic Sea with the tall-ship theater vagabonds of the The Caravan Stage Company. In addition, she directed the award-winning documentary, The Refugees of Shangri La. She is a passionate creative, a producer and a big-time-believer in the arts. In the spirit of the Vineyard, she has also had the honor to sing the National Anthem for Barack Obama. Credits Include: Babylon Revisited, The Ark at Shakespeare and Company; Beethoven Love Elegies, Ens. For the Romantic Century at The Mount; Hamlet, Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan; Pericles, Not Man Apart; The Tempest, Will Geer Theatricum; and so many other amazing plays and films. For more, please visit:
Maggie McCaffery (Cathleen Mullin)
Maggie McCaffery is an actor based out of New York City, and a proud graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre (BFA Acting). She has also trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Favorite roles while in school include: “Delirium’ (Katerina), “Machinal” (Young Woman/Helen), and “Hunting Cockroaches” (She). Earlier this summer, Maggie made her professional debut in Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” (Julia) at Shakespeare on the Shoreline, Guilford CT. She is incredibly grateful for the support from her teachers, friends, and family.
Christopher Roberts (Jack Smythe)
Chris is thrilled to be back at the Playhouse, having previously performed in "It's A Wonderful Life", "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays", and as a member of Shakespeare for the Masses (Richard III, Brutus, Petruchio, Caliban, Et al). Chris has performed professionally at the International Ibsen Festival, National Theatre of Norway (Romulus Linney's "Gint" adapted from Ibsen's "Peer Gynt"), as well as festivals in France and Poland. In NYC: Andrei in Chekhov's “The Three Sisters” / Double Helix Productions; John Adams Jones in Linney's "Mock Trial" / Theatre for a New City; ensemble in Andrei Serban's "The Trojan Women" / La Mama. Regionally: Club Passim in Boston, New York Fringe Festival, The Hampton Playhouse, and The Delaware Theatre Company. BFA: Southern Methodist University; MFA: Columbia University. It truly is a wonderful life... Chris & his wife Elle moved to the Island in Oct 2007, and reside in Vineyard Haven where he plays his favorite role as ‘Dad’ to his son, Tobey, and daughter, Carlotta.