Mary-Louise Parker is Not Quitting Acting. She’s Starring in Manhattan Theatre Club’s ‘The Snow Geese’

mary-louise-parker-snow-geeseDespite a recent interview where she claimed she would be quitting acting, Mary-Louise Parker insists she’s not going anywhere.

“That was born out of a conversation where I was asked if I had long-term goals, and it became like I was embittered,” she said in an interview with New York Magazine.  “I wasn’t in danger of quitting.  People were suddenly so concerned, and I got all this mail, long emails.  Which was really lovely, but then I also felt embarrassed.”

In fact, the actress is currently starring in the Broadway play, The .  Parker said she courted in order to land the part.  “Lynne [Meadow] is always nice enough to think of me.  And when they don’t, I stalk them,” she said.  “’Have you read anything?  Even if you think no one will like it?’  When we did the first reading, it felt pretty immediate, like How I Learned to Drive.  Clearly there’s a nod to Chekov, but it doesn’t feel staid—it has this levity, a real modern feel to it.”

Parker explained that she was excited to take on the challenge of doing a period play.

“For a long time, people just thought of me as someone who played pale Southern people who died, or overtly sexual,” she said.  “But [after]drama school, I spent my first however-many years in a corset, doing Noel Coward.  That’s where I’m from.”

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