Texas Governor Ann Richards Gets Broadway Treatment

“Ann,” the play based on the life of former Texas governor Ann Richards, is coming to Broadway next year.

The one-person play will open March 7 at the Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, and is produced by Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve.

The play is written and performed by Holland Taylor, perhaps best known as Evelyn Harper in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” She has been touring the country with the show and most recently presented it at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It was first presented to sold-out audiences at the Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House in the summer of 2010.

“We are thrilled to continue our association with Bob Boyett,” said Andre Bishop, artistic director of the Lincoln Center Theater. “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.”

Boyett also spoke in a statement about his excitement with the project.

“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. “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.

The following is how producers describe the production:

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.