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‘Weeds’ star Mary-Louise Parker doing double duty on Broadway with two forthcoming plays


Mary-Louise Parker poses at the opening night of The Roundabout Theatre Company's production of "Kiss Me Kate" on Broadway at The Studio 54 Theater on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

It’s been a few years since Mary-Louise Parker treaded the boards of Broadway but with two plum gigs underway, the Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress is making up for lost time.

On Tuesday, the Manhattan Theatre Club announced that ‘Weeds’ star will star in the Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “How I Learned to Drive” next spring.

Parker starred in the original 1997 production of the play, which was produced by the Vineyard Theatre, which later received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Drama Desk Award for Best Play.

Tony Award nominee David Morse, who also starred in the original production, is back for the Broadway run of the memory play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present and future life.

Mark Brokaw, who directed the original production will helm “How I Learned to Drive,” which is scheduled to begin performances March 27 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Before then, Parker will reprise her performance as tenured Ivy League professor in Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside,” which had its acclaimed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last year.

Performances for the Jeffrey Richards-produced production are set to begin Sept. 14 at Studio 54.

Parker’s previous Broadway credits include “Heisenberg,” “The Snow Geese,” “Hedda Gabler,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” and Proof — for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress In A Play.

The Fort Jackson, S.C., native starred in the long-running Showtime dark comedy series “Weeds” — about a widowed mother selling marijuana to support her family. She appeared in the films “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Boys on the Side” and the “Red” action comedy films.

She also won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her work in HBO’s critically acclaimed 2003 adaption of Tony Kushner’s landmark play “Angels in America.”