Mary McDonnell Vault your largest fansite dedicated to actress Mary McDonnell

  • Welcome to Mary McDonnell Vault, your online resource dedicated to actress Mary McDonnell. You better know Mary for her role as Captain Sharon Raydor for the TNT crime series The Closer & Major Crimes. But she also did others like Battlestar Galactica, Independence Day, Donnie Darko, Dances with Wolves, Sneakers and many others. Site is comprehensive of a big photogallery with events, photoshoots, magazines, stills, a media archive dedicated to all fans fanarts on Mary, an extensive press library to collect all the articles and interviews on her and a video gallery section for recorded interviews, sneak peeks and trailers of her projects. We claim no rights to know her personally and it's absolutely respectful of her privacy and paparazzi-free!!!

    Buried Child

    Character: Shelly

    Directed by: Robert Woodruff

    Written by: Sam Shepard

    Produced by: Circle Repertory Company

    Cast Members: Jacqueline Brookes, William M. Carr, Christopher McCann, Tom Noonan, Edward Seamon, Bill Wiley

    Venue: Circle Theatre

    Production Dates: June 20, 1979 - September 29, 1979

    Genre: Drama

    Dodge and Halie are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons Tilden and Bradley. When their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend Shelly, no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret.

    In Mary’s Memories…

    In the rehearsal process of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child in New York, right before we opened, the director turned to all of us and said I want you to go out there and try some new things, don’t be afraid to make a mistake just because it’s your opening. It was an extraordinarily freeing concept, we all responded and did some of our very best work. I’ve kept that close to me during moments of extreme pressure. It is a great reminder that the point is to come out and offer your creativity freely and surprise the audience and hopefully surprise yourself. [from Reddit Chat]


    I remember vividly first seeing her in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child as Shelley, the giggly, hippie-chick girlfriend of the youngest son; the only character onstage not part of the family circle, she seemed literally to be acting at a different speed from the others, a walking 45 in a roomful of long-playing records. The performance had such a distinctive rhythm that it seemed ingrained, a quality McDonnell would be hired to demonstrate again and again.Don Shewey

    Script developed by Never Enough Design