Mary-Louise Parker will be returning to Broadway in October in Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere production of The Snow Geese. It will be directed by Daniel Sullivan, who won a 2001 Tony Award for best direction for Proof. Under his direction for that production, Parker herself won the 2001 Tony for best actress.
She was also nominated for but didn’t win a 2004 Tony Award for her performance in Reckless, directed by Craig Lucas.
For many people, Mary-Louise Parker is best known as the star of Showtime’s cult favorite, Weeds, which ran for eight seasons. The popular show followed the story of an attractive widow left with two sons to raise in suburban America who starts selling the title product to provide for her family. She starts out pretty small-time but eventually gets involved with the international drug trade and somehow survives to tell the tale, even after a brain-damaging shooting injury.
In her role as Nancy Botwin in Weeds, Parker has won several awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for three years in a row 2007-2009. The show itself won three Golden Globes for Best TV Series Comedy in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Her accomplishments may be all the more impressive because she has reportedly been under treatment for a thyroid disorder for many years, which can take a toll on patient’s energy levels and sometimes their moods.
In The Snow Geese, Mary-Louise Parker will again play a widow left behind to deal with the family and financial consequences of her husband’s death, which leaves them in debt during the World War I years. The plot gathers the remaining family members together at an annual hunting party in upstate New York, with Parker’s character’s oldest son about to be deployed in the conflict.
It sounds like the ideal role for Mary-Louise Parker.