Anne: written and performed by Holland Taylor

Producers Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve have announced that Ann, a new play written and performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor, will open on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater on 7 Mar 2013.

First preview date, playing schedule and ticketing information to be announced shortly.

Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, Ann is a no-holds-barred portrait of the Governor of the Lone Star State, Ann Richards. Richards dedicated her life to empowering, expanding and enriching the lives of her constituents, friends and family

Holland Taylor said, My artistic journey with Ann has been the soulful ride of a lifetime. Ann's friends felt she was "born under a special star," and how can I not feel that light has shone on our path all the way here."

Ann 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.

Holland Taylor last starred on Broadway in the 1983 premiere of Arthur Bicknell's 'Moose Murders.' Her other Broadway credits include: 'Something Old, Something New,' 'We Interrupt This Program...,' 'Butley' and 'The Devils.' Taylor won an Emmy for her role as "Judge Roberta Kittleson" in "The Practice." She was nominated for four Emmys for her portrayal of "Evelyn Harper" in "Two and a Half Men," and received a further nomination for "The Lot." Other TV creits include: "Electric City," "The L Word," "Baby Bob," "The Naked Truth," "Saved by the Bell: The College Years," "The Powers That Be," "Going Places," "Harry," "Me and Mom" and "Bosom Buddies." Films include: "The Chosen One," "Baby Mama," "The Wedding Date," "D.E.B.S." and "Legally Blonde."

Benjamin Endsley Klein (Director) Broadway: 'War Horse' (Resident Director). 'The Coast of Utopia' (Associate Director) and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' (Assistant Director). West End: 'Hairspray' (Associate Director) and 'Love Never Dies' (Associate Director).

Holland Taylor as Ann Richards

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