(Boston) – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University is proud to announce actress Mary-Louise Parker will be speaking as part of the Friends Speaker Series on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 5:30 pm. The event will be held in the Metcalf Ballroom of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue and will feature an interview of Ms. Parker by Robert Brustein, preeminent author, director and founder of the American Repertory Theater Company at Harvard and fellow Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center collectee. This will be followed by a “Question & Answer” period with audience members and opening of an exhibition of her archive. Admission is free to members and $25 per person for the public.
The event previews an exhibition of Ms. Parker’s own life and work entitled “Mary-Louise Parker: A Profile in Acting” which will be open to the public November 18, 2005 and will run through February 2006 on the main floor of Mugar Memorial Library during regular library hours. The exhibition includes photographs, award nomination certificates, correspondence, props, Playbills, programs, script pages and other mementos and ephemera from Ms. Parker’s rich body of work, including items from some of her most recent roles in HBO’s “Angels in America,” on Broadway in “Proof” and “Reckless” and on Showtime’s “Weeds.”
Since her award-winning Broadway debut in “Prelude to A Kiss,” Mary-Louise Parker’s star has been on a constant rise. While her numerous roles in films such as “The Client,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Bullets over Broadway” and “Grand Canyon” exposed her to a much wider audience, she has also continued to work both on stage and for television. She won multiple awards including a Tony for her role in “Proof” and her recent performance in “Reckless” was lauded by critics. She received both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Harper Pitt in HBO’s “Angels in America.” Most recently her performance in the Showtime series “Weeds” has received many accolades from critics and the public alike. She just completed production on John Turturro’s directorial debut “Romance & Cigarettes” and is currently filming “The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford” with Brad Pitt.
Ms. Parker’s archive is a recent addition to the illustrious roster of the 2,000 important figures, including Robert Brustein, whose papers are collected at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.
For further information on this event, please call Call 617-353-3696.