Guest Artist:

Randy Noojin

Actor, Musician, Writer

Randy’s plays, The Complaint, The Knife Trick, You Can't Trust the Male, Unbeatable Harold, and The Memory Collection (NEA Grant for Musical Theatre) have been commissioned and produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Circle Rep Lab, as well as nationwide and internationally; they are published by Dramatic Publishing Company.  Randy holds an MFA from The University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop.  The feature film based on his play Unbeatable Harold premiered on Showtime in 2011, starring Dylan McDermott, Charles Durning and Henry Winkler.  His one-man show Hard Travelin' with Woody was originally produced at FringeNYC in 2011. 

Randy has acted in hundreds of plays regionally and in New York at Circle Repertory, La Mama E.T.C., Circle-in-the-Square, Circle Rep Lab, and The Drilling Company.  Film: Die Barkley, The Bench; Television: Boardwalk Empire, Royal Pains.


Why do you write plays (as opposed to something else)?

Plays are low tech, and doable.

What playwrights inspire you the most?

Tracy Letts, Will Eno, Shaw, O’Neill, Shepard, Mamet

How did you become a writer?

Writing sketch comedy in junior high and high school for myself and friends to perform live.

Does writing energize you? Exhaust you? Both?

Writing invigorates for 4 hours and then starts to exhaust. Not writing, when I know I should or must to meet a deadline, leads to high anxiety.

Do you ever start a new play and abandon it? How often? Why?

I try not to really start a new play until I know I will or must finish it; long work on plays that get abandoned makes starting the next one harder. I secretly plan to rewrite and finish a new draft of all abandoned work eventually.


What is the most difficult part of writing for you?

Great dialogue.


What is the most rewarding part of writing for you?

Sincere, serious audience high appreciation.

Do you see theatre as a tool for social progress? As entertainment? Both? Neither?

Good theatre, for me, makes the political personal, but it doesn’t have to be a progressive social tool at all. However, things I write, which usually take years to perfect, tend to express my political views.


What are you working on now?

[A] rewrite of Mrs. Hank for a workshop production in May, and a solo John Lennon show.


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