Holland Taylor brings her Tony-nominated, one-woman tour de force about fiery former governor Ann Richards to the Zach Theatre.
Holland Taylor was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Gov. Ann Richards in ANN, which she also wrote.
Actress Holland Taylor never aspired to become a playwright, but that changed after the passing of Texas’s beloved Gov. Ann Richards. Written and performed by Taylor, ANN comes to the Zach for an extended run this spring.
What drew you to write the play after Richards’ death? “I simply didn’t accept it, and I realized that she meant a lot to me. She represented something, and when she was gone it was a big absence.”
What struck you about her? “She put me in mind of my Aunt Louise, who was the most dependable figure from my childhood. They were people who had a great feeling for fairness.”
What do you hope audiences can take from the show? “There is a call to being part of government—or at least to know what is going on. Ann felt that everyone could govern, and she certainly felt women should.”
What are your feelings about the presidential election? “I commend Hillary [Clinton] for holding her own under unbelievable scrutiny, and what people send her way has struck me as kind of remarkable and has everything to do with her role as a woman.’’
Any go-to spots when you are in town? “I like the Hotel Saint Cecilia, a little off the beaten track. I also love having a cocktail at the Driskill, and Jeffrey’s is a great place.” April 6-May 15, 1510 Toomey Road, 512-476-0541