One of the most popular and well-respected actresses in Iran, Mary Apick moved to the U.S. from her native country in order to pursue creative freedom and artistic expression after the Iranian Revolution in 1977. The daughter of legendary film, television and theater actress Apick Youseffian, and an internationally recognized artist and advocate for the rights of women and children around the world, Mary is also a formidable director, producer and playwright whose Critics’ Choice Award winning production of Beneath The Veil – a play that examines the ways in which women rise above oppression in some Muslim countries – was presented at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles to much acclaim. First Lady Laura Bush also presented Beneath the Veil at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and served as that production’s Co-Chairperson. Mary continues to promote cultural awareness through two feature-length musicals in Farsi, “Fairy’s Tale in the Forest” and “Jewel of the Night,” which she created and produced to reconnect expatriate Iranian children to their heritage. Mary was the recipient of the Best Actress Award at the Moscow Film Festival for her performance in Parviz Sayyad’s Bon Bast (Dead End) and is profiled in the award-winning book, Green Card Stories, which chronicles the trials and successes of recent immigrants to the United States.
In addition to co-starring in Monday Nights At Seven, just a few of Mary’s film and television credits include Twelve Angry Men And Women with Robert Loggia, Price for Freedom with Sally Kirkland and Paul Sorvino, and Showtime’s hit series “Homeland.” Mary is also the Founder of the Annual Los Angeles Persian Parade – a celebration of Norouz, Persian heritage and the First Day of Spring for Iranian Americans in LA County.