Holland Taylor to Play Former Texas Governor Ann Richards on Broadway

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Holland Taylor

An Emmy winner for "The Practice" and a series regular on "Two and a Half Men," Taylor wrote and stars in the solo vehicle about the colorful political figure.

NEW YORK -- Veteran stage, film and television actress Holland Taylor will return to Broadway with her passion project Ann, based on the life of the 45th Governor of Texas, Ann Richards.

Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, the solo show will be produced by Bob Boyett (War Horse) and Harriet Newman Leve, in association with Lincoln Center Theater. It is scheduled to open at LCT's Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 7. First preview date is to be announced.

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“I am so passionate about this new American play, which also happens to be written by one of this generation’s greatest actors,” said Boyett, “We have been waiting for the right time and venue to bring this piece to New York.”

“My artistic journey with Ann has been the soulful ride of a lifetime,” added Taylor, “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."

Taylor began researching and writing the play in 2009. She has since performed it at various stages of development across Texas, as well as in Chicago and earlier this year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Ann traces a day in the life of the colorful and charismatic political figure and impassioned civil rights champion as she juggles the wide-ranging responsibilities of government office and family.

Richards served as Governor of the Lone Star State from 1991 to 1995, when she was defeated for re-election by George W. Bush. She died in March 2006 of esophageal cancer.

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Best known as the mother of Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen's characters on Two and a Half Men, Taylor won an Emmy Award for supporting actress in a drama in 1999 for her role on The Practice. Her many movie roles include Romancing the Stone, The Truman Show and Legally Blonde. Her Broadway credits include the American premiere of Simon Gray's Butley in 1972, opposite Alan Bates.