Jon Jory, artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL), commissioned and produced Randy Noojin’s one act plays Boaz and Unbeatable Harold, which was later made into a feature film, starring Dylan McDermott, Charles Durning, Henry Winkler, Phyllis Diller and Gladys Knight. At Circle Repertory Company, besides the groundbreaking work being done on the main stage, there was a hotbed of new work being produced by a young company of actors, writers and directors such as Joe Mantello, William Fichner, Michael Mastro, Peter Hedges, Mark Ramont, Cyndi Coyne, all masterminded by Michael Warren Powell, in the Circle Rep Lab (the Lab). Noojin’s play A Better Home A-Waitin’ was produced in the Lab by three directors (Peg Denithorn, Sal Trapani, and Tina Ball) with three casts, including Tonya Pinkins and Shawn Colvin, with three different titles. After his internship, Randy joined the Lab company as actor and playwright and worked there regularly for the next ten years. He primarily studied with resident playwright Lanford Wilson and playwright/screenwriter/director, John Bishop. The Lab produced Noojin’s plays Downtown Train, Boaz, Unbeatable Harold, One Man’s Meat (written with Ed “Porkchop” Meyer), Unstripped and The Death of the Blues. Ensemble Studio Theatre produced his one act play You Can’t Trust the Male in their Marathon of One-Act Plays. The play is published by Dramatic Publishing Company and was included in The Best American Short Plays 1991-1992; and excerpts are also published in The Great Monologues from the EST Marathon.
Noojin holds an MFA in Performance from Arizona State University, and an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop, where he wrote The Knife Trick, Just Say Something and The Complaint, which won the Maibaum Playwriting Award for plays dealing with issues of social justice, produced by Bloomington Playwrights Project and Cockeyed Optimists at The 45th Street Theatre. He played Hank Williams in three productions of Hank Williams: Lost Highway, at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Mill Mountain Playhouse in VA, and at New Stage in MS. On television, Noojin has been featured on Boardwalk Empire and Royal Pains. Independent films include The Bench, Die Barkley, and Evil Things. His solo play with music, Hard Travelin’ With Woody had its world premiere in The New York International Fringe Festival and has since toured the U.S and Canada.