“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.”