Read part one of the interview.

In the first part of our conversation with Deanna Dunagan, she focused on her role as Polly Wyeth, the tightly wound matriarch of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, which opened this week at Goodman Theatre. Here, Dunagan talks about life after the Tony Award she won for her performance as completely unhinged matriarch Violet Weston in Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County.

So let’s talk about you as not-Polly. How’s it been since the the Tony Award?

Well, you know, it’s interesting: it wasn’t as different as it might’ve been, perhaps. A couple things happened. One is that I continued to do August: Osage County for another year and a half, so that took me away from what might’ve come to me immediately after winning a Tony.