McAdams Will Portray a Struggling Mother Caring for Her Sick Daughter
After iconic performances in Mean Girls (2004) and The Notebook (2004), Rachel McAdams became a household name and remains one of today’s biggest Hollywood stars. Now, the Academy Award-nominated actress is shifting to the stage to star in Mary Jane, a play written by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman.
McAdams has worked on over 40 productions from a variety of genres over the course of her career. In addition to the aforementioned romantic and comedic films, she has starred in action movies like Sherlock Holmes (2011), Doctor Strange (2016), and its 2022 sequel. Her filmography also includes hard-hitting dramas such as the HBO series True Detective and the film Spotlight, the latter earning her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 Oscars. With such a myriad background, McAdams undoubtedly has the experience and skills to conquer Broadway.
Amy Herzog is a formidable force herself in the playwriting sphere. Her works have received multiple accolades, including a slot as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play 4000 Miles, and she is currently nominated for Best Revival of a Play at the 2023 Tony Awards for her reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
The Story of Mary Jane
Mary Jane originally played Off-Broadway for a month in the fall of 2017 at the New York Theater Workshop. It received positive reviews, with New York Times critic Jesse Green describing it at the time as “heartbreaking” and “profound.”
The story follows Mary Jane, a single mother struggling to care for her young child, Alex, whose medical conditions require constant care. Supported by four close female friends and unflinching optimism, Mary Jane must come to terms with pressing questions about parenting and faith when Alex takes a turn for the worst.
McAdams will take the stage in Spring 2024, with previews currently set to begin April 2 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The opening date and supporting cast have yet to be announced.
‘Mary Jane’ Behind the Scenes Look (2019) Forward Theater Company