Maura Tierney goes back to work after battling cancer
Maura Tierney is back on the job six months after treatment for breast cancer prompted her to drop out of the NBC dramedy Parenthood. The 44-year-old actress will soon take to the stage in the satirical play North Atlantic, as a member of a Cold War-era peacekeeping force aboard an aircraft carrier. Written for the Wooster Group, a performance collective, in 1982, this iteration of the musical also stars Frances McDormand.
The Emmy-nominated ER actress, who also appeared in a guest stint on Rescue Me last year, declined to comment on her return to acting, but her publicist told EW exclusively, “She has finished treatment and is doing very well, and is happy to move forward with the next phase of her life.”
With a run scheduled for Feb. 10–21 at L.A.’s Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater and March 10–April 25 at New York’s Jerome Robbins Theater, Tierney’s turn in Atlantic happens to coincide with the March 2 premiere of Parenthood — now starring Gilmore Girls vet Lauren Graham in the role of Sarah, a harried single mom played by Tierney in the pilot. (The rest of the original ensemble, including Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause, remains intact.) This TV take on the 1989 movie had been set to debut in September, but Tierney’s departure from the project delayed production last summer. Now that her health is back on track, here’s hoping her return to TV won’t be far behind.
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