Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Sonia, the sad and frustrated spinster sister of Vanya and Masha.
Nielsen has appeared in Christopher Durang’s Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, Miss Witherspoon, Betty’s Summer Vacation and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. Other stage credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Crazy Mary, Dog Opera, Die Mommie Die!, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Green Bird and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
This is Nielsen’s first Tony nomination.
Her friend and playwright Christopher Durang wrote Nielsen’s impression of Maggie Smith into the show specifically for her after hearing her do it.
“I'm over the moon that [the Tony nomination] could be with Chris Durang and [director] Nicky Martin. I'm absolutely beyond happy.” —Nielsen in an interview with Broadway.com, 5/13