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Broadway's ANN Written and Performed by Holland Taylor Begins Previews Feb 18 - Tickets on Sale Monday, Dec 10

BOB BOYETT AND HARRIET NEWMAN LEVE
 IN ASSOCIATION WITH LINCOLN CENTER THEATER PRESENT

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PREVIEWS BEGIN MONDAY, FEBRUARY18, 2013 AT 8PM
OPENS ON BROADWAY THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013
AT LINCOLN CENTER’S VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER

SCENIC DESIGN BY MICHAEL FAGIN
COSTUME DESIGN BY JULIE WEISS
LIGHTING DESIGN BY MATTHEW RICHARDS
SOUND DESIGN BY KEN HUNCOVSKY
 PROJECTION DESIGN BY ZACHARY BOROVAY
WIG DESIGN BY PAUL HUNTLEY

A NEW PLAY WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY
EMMY® AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS

HOLLAND TAYLOR

DIRECTED BY BENJAMIN ENDSLEY KLEIN

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012

(Monday, November 26, 2012 – New York, NY) ANN, a new play written and performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor, will begin previews on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street) Monday, February 18, 2013 at 8pm, and will open Thursday, March 7, 2013.  Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, ANN has scenic design by Michael Fagin, costume design by Julie Weiss, lighting design by Matthew Richards, sound design by Ken Huncovsky, projection design by Zachary Borovay, wig design by Paul Huntley,and is produced by Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve with co-producers Jane Dubin, Jack Thomas, Amy Danis, Mark Johannes, Sarahbeth Grossman, Anne O’Shea and Jon Cryer in association with Lincoln Center Theater.  ANN is executive produced by Kevin Bailey.

ANN is an inspiring, hilarious, no-holds barred new play that brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed, Ann Richards the legendary late Governor of Texas.  Holland Taylor steps into the shoes of the impassioned Governor who dedicated her life to empowering, expanding and enriching the lives of her constituents, friends and family.

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 as they knew her.

ANN played to sold-out audiences at Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House in the summer of 2010, San Antonio’s Empire Theatre in the fall of 2010, and Austin’s Paramount Theatre in the spring of 2011.  In the fall of 2011 the new play opened to critical acclaim at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, and went on to have a smash hit run at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center in winter of 2011/2012.

Tickets for ANNgo on sale Monday, December 10, 2012.   The playing schedule for ANN during previews is: Monday – Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm. Please note there will be no 2pm performance Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  Beginning March 11, 2013 the playing schedule for ANN will be: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Tickets range from $75 - $125 and can purchased at the Vivian Beaumont Theater box office, online at lct.org or through Telecharge.com (212-239-6200).   A limited number of tickets priced at $30 will be available at every performance through LincTix, LCT's program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information or to enroll, visit LincTix.org.

BIOGRAPHIES

HOLLAND TAYLOR (Playwright, Ann Richards) Named one of Newsweek’s 2012 “150 Fearless Woman,” Holland Taylor is no stranger to playing strong women, having performed on stage, screen and television portraying a range of characters as varied as a Harvard law professor in Legally Blonde, a sultry judge in The Practice (Supporting Actress Emmy® for Drama) and the mother of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer on CBS’s top‐rated Two and a Half Men.  Taylor has also played both ends of the political spectrum with conviction, from conservative Nancy Reagan on the right to Ann Richards on the left.  The New Yorker has called Holland Taylor “the first vaudeville Gentile we ever saw.”  Her long list of film credits includes Baby Mama, Romancing the Stone and The Truman Show.  Her New York stage performances include Bess in Breakfast with Les and Bess, the original productions of Butley opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour.  Taylor was a longtime student of Stella Adler and has given talks about the work and culturalcontribution of this great teacher. In January 2012 Holland was presented the Citizen Artist Award by Americans for the Arts and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

BENJAMIN ENDSLEY KLEIN (Director) Broadway: War Horse(Resident Director); The Coast of Utopia (Associate Director); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Assistant Director). West End: Hairspray (Associate Director); Love Never Dies (Associate Director). Regional/Tours:  Ann (Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center); Hello Out There (The Adirondack Theatre Festival); Sick (New Jersey Repertory), Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival, Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne (Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference); Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at (The Old Globe); Hairspray (UK tour); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (US tour).  Awards include the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Mike Ockrent Fellowship by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the Paul Green Foundation Award by the National Theatre Conference. 

MICHAEL FAGIN (Scenic Design) recently designed The Light in the Piazza for the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Selected credits include: Judith Jamison’s Reminiscin’ (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre); Shakespeare’s R&J (West End); Boy (Primary Stages); In the Absence of Spring... (Second Stage); Sarah Plain and Tall (Lucille Lortel Theatre); The Mistress Cycle, The Lion and Circumference of a Squirrel (Urban Stages); David Auburn’s Skyscraper (Greenwich House Theatre); Glass Menagerie; Lincolnesque (Old Globe); M. Butterfly and Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theatre Company); James and the Giant Peach (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Theatre Washington D.C.); Art (Syracuse Stage); Stop Kiss (Geva); Nijinsky’s Last Dance and Four Dogs and a Bone (Berkshire Theatre Festival). Mr. Fagin has also served as production designer for numerous film and television projects.

JULIE WEISS (Costume Design) is an artist whose designs have won recognition in every medium—stage, television and film.  Julie’s first play in New York was the original Broadway production of The Elephant Man for which the team all received Tony Nominations.  Additional theater credits include plays at the Mark Taper Forum, the Phoenix Theater in New York, plays by Christopher Hampton, Richard Nelsen, Sam Shepard, Samuel Becket, and William Shakespeare. Emmy Awards were received for The “Dollmaker”with Jane Fonda and “Mrs. Harris”with Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. “Evergreen,” “Little Gloria Happy At Last,” and “Liza Minnelli: Live from Radio City Music Hall”all received Emmy Nominations for Best Costume Design. Ms. Weiss’ Academy Award Nominations include Frida and 12 Monkeys. She received the Costume Designer Guild Award for American Beauty and Blades of Glory. Other film credits include A Simple Plan, Marvin’s Room, It Could Happen To You, Searching For Bobby Fischer, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Freshman, Steel Magnolias, Tequila Sunrise, F/X, Bobby, Hollywoodland, The Ring and Down Low.

MATTHEW RICHARDS (Lighting Design)Credits for the stage include: Off-Broadway: Graceland (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater); Port Authority (Atlantic Theater); The Drunken City, Pen (Playwrights Horizons); Grace (MCC); Len, Asleep in Vinyl (Second Stage); Seussical!, Click!, Clack!, Moo! (Theatreworks USA); A Small Melodramatic Story (The Public/LAByrinth); One Loss Plus (B.A.M. Next Wave Festival); ARS Nova, Edge Theater; Rattlestick.  Regional: Baltimore’s Center Stage; Bay Street; Dallas Theater Center; Ford’s Theatre; The Geffen; The Goodman; The Huntington; NY Stage and Film; The Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre; Westport Playhouse; Williamstown; Yale Rep. Graduate: University of Massachusetts; Yale School of Drama. matthewrichardsdesign.com.

KEN HUNCOVSKY (Sound Design) The National Tours of A Tuna Christmas (also for Broadway), Tuna Does Vegas, Red White and Tuna, Greater Tuna and The Foreigner—all with Jaston Williams and Joe Sears; regional credits include Jaston Williams’ solo play Cowboy Noises, Windblown, Hillbilly Heaven, Small Town Girl, Trail of Tears, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Fantasticks, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and The Chairs. Ken has also been the Sound Designer for productions that include Jose Greco’s Spanish Dance, The Cow Patty’s, and American Fiesta. Currently, he is the Audio/ Visual Supervisor at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas, and the proud father to his son Dylan.

ZACHARY BOROVAY (Projection Design)Zachary’s recent Broadway credits include Evita, Elf, Lombardi (Drama Desk Nom), Rock of Ages (U.S. National Tour, London, Australia), To Be or Not to Be, A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nom) and Xanadu (U.S. National Tour, Japan). Additional credits include Ann (Chicago, Washington DC), Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse), Let Me Down Easy (Off Broadway, U.S. National Tour), Peepshow (Planet Hollywood Casino, Las Vegas), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! (US National Tour), and Voyage de la Vie (Sentosa, Singapore). Zachary is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Visit borovay.com.

PAUL HUNTLEY (Wig Design) London born Paul Huntley is a special Tony Award winner as well as a Drama Desk recipient. Paul has worked on hundreds of Broadway projects since arriving in this country in 1972, including the original casts of Cats, Amadeus, Evita, Les Miserables, The Producers and Hairspray. He has also worked with some of the most talented leading ladies of the American cinema. They include Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Mae West, Glenn Close, Angela Lansbury, and Jessica Lange.  Current Broadway shows include War Horse, Chaplin, Scandalous, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Heiress and Nice Work if You Can Get It

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