Great Performances – Ann

Great Performances – Ann

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Pictured: Holland Taylor as Ann.

Credit: Courtesy of Joan Marcus

Great Performances brings you this no-holds-barred theatrical portrait of Ann Richards, legendary Governor of Texas (1991-95) 

See Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor’s compelling portrayal of the legendary Texas Governor Ann Richards. Ann: A Great Performances presentation airs Friday, June 19, 2020 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Program Description: Neither partisan nor political, Great Performances: Ann is a no-holds-barred theatrical portrait of the inimitable Ann Richards, who served as Governor of Texas from 1991-95. Written and performed by Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men,” “The Front Page”), the play is a compelling look at the impassioned, inspiring woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family. Beginning with a commencement address, the play bursts into a blistering day in the life of the governor, with a cascade of task-wrangling and conversations with everyone from Richards’ friend Bill Clinton to her grandbaby Lily. We see the grit, warmth and depth in her colorful, captivating character, bigger than the state from which she hails. Directed for the stage by Benjamin Endsley Klein (Broadway credits include “The Ferryman” and “Carousel”), Great Performances: Ann was recorded at the Zach Theater in Austin, Texas, following its national tour and Broadway run at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2013, which earned Taylor a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play.

“Through my whole adult life, PBS’s Great Performances has been the source and standard of the greatest classical and most elevated entertainment to be had,” said Taylor. “And now I’m uniquely honored and thrilled, as the stage performance of my own play – surely the accomplishment of my life – is not only beautifully captured in live performance but given an exalted presentation by Great Performances itself.”

This is part of PBS’s summer-long celebration of female trailblazers in honor of the women’s vote centennial, featuring multiplatform content commemorating U.S. women’s suffrage, the feminist movement and modern-day changemakers. To learn more: Go to WXXI's Celebrate 2020

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