WAM Theatre presents
by Holland Taylor
Presented at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse
October 19-28, 2018
Starring Jayne Atkinson
A one-woman tour-de-force
An intimate and spirited portrait of Ann Richards, legendary Governor of Texas
In a year when so many women are running for office across all platforms, this play resonates deeply with our current climate.
Written by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”), ANN is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Performed by Emmy Award-winner Jayne Atkinson (TV’s “House of Cards”, “Madam Secretary”), ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family.
“…fiery, salty and brash!” – The New York Times
“…fun and engaging… marinated in Texas wryness… ANN wants you to savor the wit of this up-by-the-bootstraps politico, who began… as an adoring wife and mother and reinvented herself by entering politics and ascending the ladder…” – The Washington Post
“…an affectionate portrayal that celebrates [Ann’s] wit, determination and homespun values” – VARIETY
“Taylor weaves a lifetime of Ann Richards into a hilarious, introspective history of a woman who was ‘strong as mustard gas.’” – Huffington Post
From the Houston Chronicle’s powerful piece about the relevance of Holland Taylor’s ANN:
2018 might as well be the Year of the Woman. It has been 99 years since women were first given the right to vote, the #metoo movement is sweeping through society and there’s an unprecedented number of women running for political office on both sides of the aisle….This play should be a reminder to anyone who feels left behind by the speed and energy of these social and political changes: It’s never too late to get involved.”
ABOUT WAM THEATRE:
Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. The company was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven. WAM's vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls. Since 2010 years, WAM Theatre has donated more than $41,500 to thirteen nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 400 theatre artists. In 2017, WAM Theatre was awarded the prestigious Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support by the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre's activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visit www.WAMTheatre.com.
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