Mount Union Alum Nominated for Tony Award

October 08, 2012

Updated April 30, 2013

Mount Union graduate Carrie Coon ’03 has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her role as Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In addition, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was nominated for Best Revival of a Play. Nominations were announced on Tuesday, April 30 and awards will be presented at the 67th annual Tonys awards ceremony on June 9.

Coon made her Broadway debut in the revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in October.

In December, Coon was listed in the "Best of 2012: The Year's Top Ten Breakthrough Stage Performances" by Theater Mania for her performance inthe play.

According to, the official site of the play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Saturday, October 13 on the 50th anniversary of the original Broadway production in 1962.

The production features Broadway veterans Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as George and Martha, respectively, a dysfunctional couple that is constantly engaged in verbal and physical violence. They are joined by Coon’s brandy-loving character Honey and her husband Nick, played by Broadway newcomer Madison Dirks, for a memorable night of cocktails and conflict.

“I think people will realize that it’s a very, very deeply compassionate play about real love between people,” said Coon during an interview posted on the play’s website.

Coon, an English and Spanish major, was also active in Mount Union’s theatre department. While at the University, she performed in various shows such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Extremities. A native of Copley, Ohio, Coon received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Since graduating, Coon has been in theatrical productions Three Sisters, The March, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Girl in the Yellow Dress, The Real Thing, Magnolia, Bronte, Reasons to be Pretty, Blackbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, Anna Christie and Our Town and has spent four seasons with the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin.


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