Carrie Coon to Return to New York Stage in 'Mary Jane'

Meredith Jenks
Carrie Coon

The Emmy-nominated breakout star of 'Fargo' and 'The Leftovers' has signed on to the lead role in Amy Herzog's new play, opening off-Broadway in September.

Carrie Coon is headed back to the New York stage.

The breakout star of HBO's The Leftovers and FX's Fargo, who is currently in the running for an Emmy for the latter as lead actress in a limited series or movie, will head the cast of Amy Herzog's new play, Mary Jane.

Coon will star as a determined single mother navigating the challenges of caring for a chronically ill child during a rain-drenched New York City summer. The all-female cast also includes Liza Colon-Zayas, Danaya Esperanza, Susan Pourfar and Brenda Wehle.

The limited engagement begins previews Sept. 6 and officially opens Sept. 25 at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop, running through Oct. 15. Anne Kauffman, who previously staged Herzog's Belleville at the same address, will direct Mary Jane, which had its world premiere in May at Yale Repertory Theatre with a different cast.

Other works produced in New York by rising-star playwright Herzog include After the Revolution, 4000 Miles and The Great God Pan.

Coon last appeared on stage in New York in 2015 in Melissa James Gibson's Placebo at Playwrights Horizons. She made her Broadway debut in 2012 and received a Tony nomination in the Steppenwolf revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which she appeared opposite her husband, Tracy Letts.

On the big screen, Coon first came to attention in David Fincher's Gone Girl. She will next be seen in Steven Spielberg's The Papers, starring opposite Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep; and Steve McQueen's Widows, with Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell.

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