Stage and screen star Mary-Louise Parker celebrates her birthday August 2. Parker made her Broadway debut in Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss in 1990, followed by a performance in the 1996 revival of Bus Stop. The actor returned to the Great White Way four years later in Proof . The production, which opened October 24, 2000, would go on to be nominated for six Tony Awards, garnering three wins including Best Actress in a Play for Parker’s performance, as well as Best Play.
Proof tells the story of the daughter of a recently deceased mathematician who must fight to prove the authorship of a landmark proof that is discovered among her father's papers, while also dealing with her father's legacy of genius and mental illness. Proof closed January 4, 2003, after 917 performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre.