A bird in hand is worth two in the -- 'Weeds'? Mary-Louise Parker, who starred in the recently canceled Showtime drama, is confirmed to play the lead in the world premiere of 'The Snow Geese,' a Broadway show written by Sharr White. The period drama will debut this fall.
The actress will portray a Gilded Age widow, who plans a shooting party for her family in upstate New York. As the bullets fly, Parker must face the harsh realities of World War I, which threatens to take her oldest son overseas, as well as the sizable debt her late husband had accrued for her family.
The production reunites Parker with director Daniel Sullivan, who previously worked the 48-year-old actress in 'Proof,' for which she won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress. Sullivan also directed an acclaimed production of 'Glengarry Glen Ross' starring Al Pacino. Currently, he is at the helm of 'Orphans,' a new play featuring Alec Baldwin, Tom Sturridge and Ben Foster, who recently replaced Shia LaBeouf as a lead.
Parker is best known for her portrayal of Nancy Botwin, another debt-ridden widow, on the hit Showtime show 'Weeds.' On this series, her character resorts to selling marijuana, in order to stave off financial ruin for her family. She received three Emmy nominations for this role.
She also has notable performances in the film 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' 'Saved!,' 'Red,' and the HBO adaptation of 'Angels in America,' for which she received a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries.
'The Snow Geese' will run for eleven weeks, with previews set to begin on October 1 at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.