DANA H.’S Deirdre O'Connell Wins Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Play

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Deirdre O'Connell wins the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play | Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Dan Meyer
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June 12, 2022 10:30 AM

You better lip-sync for your award, Didi! Deirdre O'Connell has won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her incredible performance as Dana Higganbotham in Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. 

The celebrated actress was crowned the winner June 12 at the 2022 Tony Awards on the stage of Radio City Music Hall. O’Connell beat out a star-studded category that included Gabby Beans for The Skin of Our Teeth, LaChanze for Trouble in Mind, Ruth Negga for Macbeth, and Mary-Louise Parker for How I Learned to Drive.

O’Connell was last seen on Broadway a decade ago in Magic/Bird, and before that was in the 1986 revival of The Front Page. The actress has been in countless Off-Broadway and regional productions, making a name as one of the most respected stage actresses in the industry today. On screen, she’s been seen in The Affair, Law & Order, and Daredevil

Dana H. tells the harrowing true story of a woman held captive in a series of Florida motels for five months. Told in Dana’s own words (O’Connell lip syncs the entire performance) and reconstructed for the stage by her son, playwright Lucas Hnath, this groundbreaking work shatters the boundaries of the art form and challenges our understanding of good and evil.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.