c. 1953 (age 64–65)|
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jay O. Sanders (October 1, 1991–present)|
She played on Broadway as Bernadette Peters's replacement in the role of "Dot" in Sunday in the Park with George in 1985. In 1987, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as "Sally Smith" in Me and My Girl.
She appeared in the 1991 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, in which she played Elizabeth Proctor opposite Martin Sheen as John Proctor, in an all-star cast including Michael York and Fritz Weaver. She was part of the Tony Randall National Actors Theatre company, and performed in their production of Saint Joan by Shaw in 1993 on Broadway.
She performed in the National Actors Theatre productions of A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallières on Broadway in 1992, and in The Seagull by Anton Chekov in 1992.
Plunkett appeared in the television movies The Littlest Victims and Breaking the Silence, and in feature films including Claire Dolan and The Company Men. She guest-starred on episodes of Matlock, L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, Miami Vice, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Law & Order.
- Richard Nelson "Apple Family Plays"
She was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role as "Barbara Apple". Plunkett played the role of "Barbara Apple" in the other Nelson "Apple Family" plays as well. They appeared together in the Off-Broadway production of That Hopey Changey Thing in October 2010 at the Public Theatre.
Plunkett and Sanders appeared in Sweet and Sad in September 2011 at the Public Theatre. Sweet and Sad won the 2012 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble Performance and the 2012 Obie Award, Ensemble Performance. She appeared in The Apple Family Plays in repertory at the Public Theatre, from October 22, 2013 to December 15.
- Richard Nelson election trilogy
Plunkett and Sanders appear in all three of Nelson's new play cycle, with the overall title of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family. The first play, Hungry, premiered in March 2016 at the Public Theatre. The second play, What Did You Expect? ran at the Public Theatre from September 10, 2016 to October 9. The third and final play, Women of a Certain Age, opened on election night, November 8, 2016 and runs to December 4, at the Public Theatre.
- 1982 Agnes of God
- 1985 Sunday in the Park with George
- 1986 Me and My Girl
- 1991 The Crucible
- 1992 A Little Hotel on the Side
- 1992 The Master Builder
- 1992 The Seagull
- 1993 Saint Joan
- 2008 A Man for All Seasons
- 2013 The Apple Family Plays (in repertory)
- 2016 The Gabriels (trilogy)
- 1989 The Littlest Victims (TV Movie)
- 1991 Deceptions: A Mother's Secret
- 1992 Breaking the Silence (TV Movie)
- 1998 Claire Dolan
- 2005 The Squid and the Whale
- 2010 The Company Men
- 2010 Blue Valentine
- 2015 True Story
- 2015 The Family Fang
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- Gordon, David. "Review. 'What Did You Expect?'" TheaterMania.com, September 19, 2016
- Clement, Olivia. "Public Theater Opens Third and Final Play of 'The Gabriels' Tonight" Playbill, November 8, 2016
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