By Molly Bayme
Of course, she was tough as nails. And, funny as heck. The hit play ANN brings the brassy Governor Ann Richards back to vivid life in a tour-de-force performance direct from Broadway. This Texas-sized story is a perfect fit for ZACH’s Karen Kuykendall Stage where you’ll be treated to an up close and personal visit with one of the most unforgettable personalities in Texas politics. “I do not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone’.” at ZACH Theatre April 6 – May 15, 2016 in the Topfer Theatre.
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. “I’ve been after this play since its inception and I am a big fan of what Holland has created,” says ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. “Her portrayal of Governor Richards is one of the most stunningly complete, detailed, and nuanced portrayals of a historical political figure, who so many of us living in Central Texas knew intimately. I promise that within mere minutes there is no need for a suspension-of-disbelief, because Holland embodies Ann so fully in her play that you will swear the Governor has made a return appearance to center stage where she has always belonged. Governor Richards was a big ZACH fan and could frequently be found in our audience, and she was a lifelong friend of actress Karen Kuykendall for whom ZACH’s stage is named, so producing this play carries extra heartfelt significance for us.”
Emmy winner Holland Taylor expertly captivates the iconic character that Ann Richards epitomized to bring this Texas political legend to life under the spotlight. In fact, NY Daily News proclaims, “Taylor is a pistol. She immerses herself deep into the role, conveying Richards’ ‘big as Texas’ appeal”. The highly acclaimed story in combination with the five-star acting skillfully incorporated in ZACH’s production of Ann makes for a performance you won’t want to miss.
Information on tickets can be found at www.zachtheatre.org or purchased by calling 512.476.0541