Politico Ann Richards takes center stage on 'Great Performances'

Monday, 15 June 2020 12:00 AM Written by 

 

GP ANN Holland Taylor

Emmy winner Holland Taylor (“Hollywood”) wrote this "Great Performances" presentation of "Ann" (9 p.m. Friday, WQED-TV), a one-woman stage show and plays the legendary Texas governor Ann Richards.

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“I had met her once,” Taylor said in January at a PBS press conference during the Television Critics Association winter 2020 press tour. “I had a private lunch with her and one other person, and I fell in love with her, but I was already in love with her from her persona in our culture because she had been around by then quite a while. And I think that that knowledge of her is what really fueled my desire to write the play. I felt she was a very valuable, necessary hero in our culture, and that's why I wrote it. And I researched it, deep immersion, for three years before I put pen to paper.”

Although Richards was a political figure and Democratic hero in Texas, Taylor said the play she wrote is apolitical.

“Ann was a liberal. She was a progressive politician. But the play ‘Ann’ is not a political play,” Taylor said. “It's like if there would be a play about Amelia Earhart, there would be flying in it, but it wouldn't be about aviation.”

 

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