PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Tony Nominee Carrie Coon

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28 May 2013

Carrie Coon
Carrie Coon

Carrie Coon, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for her performance as Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Past theatre credits include Three Sisters, The March (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Arena Stage); The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Next Theatre Company); The Real Thing (Writers’ Theatre); Magnolia (Goodman Theatre); Brontë (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Reasons to Be Pretty, Blackbird (Renaissance Theaterworks); The Diary of Anne Frank, Anna Christie, Our Town (Madison Repertory Theatre); and four seasons with American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI.

Television and film credits include “The Playboy Club,” various commercials and "One in a Million."


Full given name: Carrie Alexandra Coon
Where you were born/where you were raised: Copley, OH
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living:My mother is an emergency room nurse. My father almost became a priest, then ran the family auto parts business, and now does maintenance for the Akron Art Museum.
Siblings:Older sister, older brother, (me) and two younger brothers
Current audition song/monologue: Kyra from Skylight
Special skills:Play some guitar, speak a little Spanish, track & field events, soccer
Something you're REALLY bad at: Basketball. The one year I played, my coach would yell, "Coon, you're an athlete! What's wrong with you?!"
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out as an actor? I didn't know much about theatre when I started, so my graduate school professors at UW Madison and the acting company at American Players Theatre were all very inspiring to me. My Grandpa Bill also had some great stories about his community theatre days.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Les Miserables, on a high school trip to New York
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? August: Osage County. I missed it in Chicago!
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: Starting a second round of Broadway this week, but I was recommending Tribes, The Flick and Belleville before they closed.
Some favorite modern playwrights: Will Eno, Tracy Letts, Annie Baker, Amy Herzog, Laura Jacqmin, Amelia Roper
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Ben Gazzara, Gene Hackman, Jill Clayburgh, Katharine and Audrey Hepburn, and even still, Vanessa Redgrave, Sissy Spacek, Gary Oldman
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: I think Tracy Letts was awfully brilliant in Steppenwolf's production of American Buffalo, directed by Amy Morton.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Music often catches (or pushes) me off-guard and moves me.
Most-visited websites: Design Sponge,,
Last book you read: "Solar Lottery" by Philip K. Dick
Must-see TV show(s): Can't say, but I would recommend everyone watch the "Up" documentary series by Michael Apted.
Last good movie you saw: "The French Connection
Some films you consider classics: "The Third Man," "The Searchers," "The Last Picture Show," "Days Of Heaven," "Chungking Express," "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," "The Devils," "The Verdict," "Don't Look Now," "Sid and Nancy," "Strawdogs," "Broadcast News"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: That's a good question, and I think I have to say Maria Dizzia after seeing her in Belleville. Also, Michael Shannon is always compelling.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "The Walking Dead"
Three favorite cities: St. Sebastian, Chicago, some new place I haven't been yet
Favorite sport/team/player: Soccer is my favorite sport, but right now I can't get enough of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: My sister and I shared a room and a tape player. "Some People's Lives" by Bette Midler and "Cooleyhighharmony" by Boys II Men. I really liked my dad's Blood, Sweat & Tears LP.

When my sister acquired the tape "Happy Nation" by Ace of Base, life got really hard.

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