A Lone Star: Holland Taylor's Ann, a Solo Show About Governor Ann Richards, Opens on Broadway

News   A Lone Star: Holland Taylor's Ann, a Solo Show About Governor Ann Richards, Opens on Broadway
Ann, actress-writer Holland Taylor's biographical play about late Texas Governor Ann Richards, opens on Broadway March 7 following previews from Feb. 18 at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Emmy Award winner Taylor ("Bosom Buddies," "Two and a Half Men") stars in the production, her passion-project as a playwright and actress, which has been seen regionally.

Holland Taylor in Ann.
Holland Taylor in Ann. Photo by Ave Bonar

Benjamin Endsley Klein (resident director of War Horse) directs. Ann is executive-produced by Kevin Bailey, who has spearheaded the production since its inception.

Here's how Ann is characterized: "Holland Taylor steps into the shoes of Ann Richards, the impassioned Governor of Texas who dedicated her life to empowering, expanding and enriching the lives of her constituents, friends and family. Ann is an inspiring and hilarious new play that brings you face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Taylor takes the audience on a journey, neither political nor a history lesson, swirling together the past and present to reunite Ann Richards with old friends and introduce her to a new generation."

Ann has scenic design by Michael Fagin, costume design by Julie Weiss, lighting design by Matthew Richards, sound design by Ken Huncovsky, projection design by Zachary Borovay and wig design by Paul Huntley.

The play "began as a project and quest for Taylor to understand what it was about this housewife, mother, grandmother, leader and iconic patriot that affected so many people so deeply. Writing the play became a four-year journey for Taylor, crisscrossing the country, interviewing people who knew the Governor, watching countless hours of video coverage, and pouring over reams of Richards' personal and public papers at the University of Texas. In the end, her greatest resources were the family, friends, staff and colleagues of the Governor who allowed Holland to 'know' Ann Richards."

Read the fall 2011 Playbill.com interview with Taylor, who spoke about Ann during the time of its Kennedy Center engagement. Or read the recent March 2013 Playbill magazine feature on Taylor and Ann. "I am so passionate about this new American play which also happens to be written by one of this generation's greatest actors," Boyett said in an earlier statement. "We have been waiting for the right time and venue to bring this piece to New York, and are so pleased the Beaumont became available at this moment as it is the ideal theatre for our play."

Ann played Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House in the summer of 2010, San Antonio's Empire Theatre in fall 2010 and Austin's Paramount Theatre in spring 2011. In fall 2011, it played Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, and went on to have a hit run at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center in winter of 2011-12.

Lincoln Center Theater's artistic director André Bishop said in a statement, "We are thrilled to continue our association with Bob Boyett, and we are very grateful that he has extended the opportunity for our Members to see Holland Taylor in this wonderful play in our already busy LCT season."

Ann is produced by Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve with co-producers Jane Dubin, Jack Thomas, Mark Johannes, Amy Danis in association with Sarahbeth Grossman, Jon Cryer, Lisa Joyner, Minerva Productions, Lary Brandt, Brian Dorsey, Kate Hathaway, Allison Thomas, Jennifer Isaacson and Lincoln Center Theater. Ann is executive produced by Kevin Bailey.

The current playing schedule for Ann is Monday-Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Beginning March 11, the playing schedule is Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets range $75-$125 and can purchased at the Vivian Beaumont Theater box office, online at lct.org or through Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200.

A limited number of tickets priced at $30 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT's program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information or to enroll, visit LincTix.org.

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