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"Dorothy Ann Willis Richards’ had a personality about the size of the state she governed. Serving as Texas’ leading Democrat from 1991-95, Richards’ lasting legacy feels like a breath of fresh air on the hot and humid political landscape that now overwhelms the state. Her silver-tongued banter and political optimism made her a foot soldier for feminist and liberals nationwide."
"In less sure hands, it could be a mimic performance, but Leonard imbues it with herself while exuding the no-nonsense ballsiness of Richards. This woman understood the importance of shaking up the system; wanted to open government to every race, creed, religion, gender and sexual orientation; and even after serving as governor of a large state for one term, said that teaching was the hardest job she’d ever done."
Dallas Morning News: This 'Ann' will make theater history in Fort Worth — thanks to some clever politics
When Dana Schultes first tried to get the rights to do Ann, Holland Taylor's one-woman play about Texas Gov. Ann Richards, Stage West founder Jerry Russell was still alive; Russell's daughter, Wendy Davis, was making national waves as a Texas state senator; and Schultes had no clue that Taylor would take her show to Broadway and be nominated for a Tony Award.
Ann Richards was a true Texas original. With a persona as big as the state from which she hailed, she earned legion of fans (and more than a few enemies) with her wit and outspokenness. And she will be brought to vivid life in a tour-de-force presentation of Holland Taylor's Ann, beginning its 5-week run at Stage West on Thursday, October 6.