By Holland Taylor
Starring Tony Award Winner Elizabeth Ashley*
This production is sponsored by the late Dr. Mary Lowe Good.
Two indomitable women. One inspiring, hilarious night.
Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley is the legendary Ann Richards in ANN, a no-holds-barred look at the brassy, blue governor who changed the face of Texas politics.
A woman who always had the right one-liners loaded and ready to fire, ANN is brought to vivid life in a tour-de-force performance by Tony Award-winner and Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Elizabeth Ashley (Barefoot in the Park and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, “Evening Shade”, Netflix’s current hit “Russian Doll”) and directed by Drama Desk Award-winner Michael Wilson (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway).
Come sit a spell for this “frank, funny, and warm” (NY Times) story of an impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family…with all the charm, charisma, and persuasion that makes a politician good at her jobs.
DAVID C. WOOLARD
LUKE H. WOODS*
Production Stage Manager
Recently, Tony award winner Elizabeth Ashley co-starred with Natasha Lyonne in the Emmy Award Winning Netflix series, ‘Russian Doll,’ produced by Amy Pohler and was nominated for the 22nd Annual IRNE Award, (The Independent Reviewers of New England) for her performance in the A.R.T. production of Tennessee Williams’ ‘Night of the Iguana’ at Harvard University.
She appeared in ‘Ocean’s Eight’ with Sandra Bullock & Cate Blanchett and in Ron Shelton’s ‘Villa Capri’ opposite Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones.
Ms. Ashley’s most recent Broadway appearances include starring in ‘Dividing The Estate’ by Horton Foote,the acclaimed 2015 revival of ‘You Can’t Take It With You’, with James Earl Jones, and ‘Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,’ again with Mr. Jones in 2012
She made her Broadway debut in 1959 in Dore Shary’s ‘The Highest Tree’. Her Broadway credits include ‘August: Osage County’, ‘Enchanted April’, the 2001 revival of ‘Gore Vidal’s The Best Man’, ‘Take Her, She’s Mine’ opposite Art Carney and directed by George Abbott (Tony and Theatre World Awards).
‘Barefoot in the Park’, in which she starred with Robert Redford, was written for her by Neil Simon and directed by Mike Nichols (second Tony nomination), ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ directed by Jose Quintero (opened the American Bi-Centennial at the Kennedy Center & on Broadway), and Shaw’s ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ with Rex Harrison at the Palace Theatre.
Other Broadway credits include ‘Legend’, ‘Hide and Seek’, and ‘Agnes of God’ (originated the role of Dr. Livingston opposite Geraldine Page and Amanda Plummer) for which she received the Albert Einstein Award for excellence in the performing arts.
Perhaps best known as one of the definitive interpreters of Tennessee Williams’ work, she has starred in many of his plays, including ‘Eight by Tenn’ (eight of Williams’ one-acts) starring with Amanda Plummer at the Hartford Stage, the 1973 landmark Broadway production of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ directed by Michael Kahn (third Tony nomination and Tennessee Williams Foundation Award), ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ at Circle in the Square, ‘The Red Devil Battery Sign’, and ‘The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore’ (WPA), ‘Out Cry’ directed by Michael Wilson and ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’, directed by Michael Kahn at Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Hayes Award nomination / Millennium Award). She has also appeared in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ directed by Michael Wilson (Hartford Stage, A.R.T. Boston and Alley Theatre) which won the Boston Globe Critic’s Award and most recently she became the first actress to have played Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and returned 30 years later to play Big Mama in a highly praised production at Hartford Stage.
Off-Broadway she played Isadora Duncan in ‘When She Danced’ (Playwrights Horizons) , headlined the premier of Horton Foote’s ‘Dividing The Estate’ (Primary Stages) and the New York premiere of Edward Albee’s ‘Me, Myself And I’.
National tours and regional work include A.R. Gurney’s ‘The Perfect Party’ and Giraudoux’ ‘The Enchanted’ (Kennedy Center); ‘Master Class’ (Royal Alexandria Theatre/Toronto); Regina in ‘The Little Foxes’ directed by Douglas Hughes at the Shakespeare Theatre, ‘Vanities’ with Kathy Bates, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ directed by Michael Wilson, ‘A Coupla White Chicks’ with Sandy Dennis, ‘Full Gallop’, and ‘Eleemosynary’ directed by Burt Reynolds. She also starred in the highly acclaimed production of ‘Mrs Warren’s Profession’ at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC.
Film credits include ‘The Carpetbaggers’ (debut, 1962), ‘Ship of Fools’ (Golden Globe nomination), ‘Rancho Deluxe’ with Jeff Bridges, ‘Marriage of a Young Stockbroker’, ‘Golden Needles’, ‘92 In the Shade’ with Warren Oates, ‘The Great Scout, Cathouse Thursday’ with Lee Marvin, ‘Coma’ with Michael Douglas, ‘Paternity’ with Burt Reynolds, ‘Split Image’ with James Woods, ‘Dragnet’ with Tom Hanks, ‘Vampire Kiss’ with Nicholas Cage, ‘A Man of Passion’ with Anthony Quinn, ‘Happiness’ directed by Todd Solondz (Independent Spirit Award), ‘Just the Ticket’ with Andy Garcia, ‘Stagecoach’ with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, ‘Windows’ directed by Gordon Willis, ‘The Cake Eaters’ with Bruce Dern and Kristin Stewart and ‘Broadway: The Golden Age directed by Rick McKay’.
She played Aunt Mimi for three seasons in the HBO series ‘Treme’, written & produced by David Simon.
Among her other TV credits are A&E’s “The Rope” by Eugene O’Neill (Cable ACE Award Nomination – Best Actress), “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles” with Ann-Margret, “Miami Vice,” “Svengali” with Peter O’Toole and Jodie Foster, “The War Between the Tates,” “When Michael Calls” with Michael Douglas, “Sandburg’s Lincoln,” “Caroline in the City,” “Dave’s World,” series’ regular on “Evening Shade” with Burt Reynolds (Emmy nomination), “The Buccaneers” (PBS), “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and many appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.
Miss Ashley was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute while serving on the first National Council of the Arts during the administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and also served on the President’s Committee for the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Awards.
She is the author of the best-selling book, Actress: Postcards from the Road (published in 1978). She can be heard on Lou Reed’s 2004 CD, “The Raven.” She hosted Saturday Night Live on February 7th, 1982 and Rolling Stone magazine credits Miss Ashley as originating the phrase, “Money is the long hair of the 80’s.”
She recently recorded the audio book of John Lahr’s (world renowned author & lead drama critic of ‘The New Yorker’ magazine) definitive biography of Tennessee Williams titled ‘Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh’ published by Norton in fall 2014. The New York Times called her recording “The finest recorded interpretation of English Language Literature in many years”.
She just completed 2 as yet to be released independent short films,‘Fry Day’ (Tribeca Film Festival Best Short Film Award), as well as ’Severance,’ (Premiering at the USA Film Festival in Dallas this April)
Alanna Hamill Newton*
(Nancy Kohler / Ann Richards Standby)
Alana began her career in her native Detroit doing theatre, commercials and auto shows. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Detroit/Marygrove, she moved to New York City where she was accepted at the Process Studio Theatre.
While in New York, she did her share of television and independent films, while appearing in numerous Off-Broadway plays, including runs at Lincoln Center, Ensemble Studio, and Douglas Fairbanks and Westbank Theatres.
After a move to Los Angeles, she began writing with fellow actor, Robert Pucci. Over the next several years, they sold or were hired to write 14 feature screenplays and created a CBS television pilot for Diane Keaton and Brad Grey Television. She has written for studios such as Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM/United Artists, Working Title, HBO and USA and actors such as Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone and Geena Davis. She has also worked with many of the leading directors/producers in the business, including Taylor Hackford, Ray Stark, Roland Joffe, David Geffen, Lauren Schuler-Donner, Mark Rydell, Cathy Konrad and Hawk Koch.
In 2005, she moved with her husband and three-year old twins to Little Rock Arkansas, where she won Best Actor for her work in Guarded, part of the 48 Hour Film Project. She has also appeared in the movies Brian Banks, God Is Not Dead 2, Then There Was Joe, In Order Of Appearance, among others.
An instructor of screenwriting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a longtime member of the Actors’ Equity Association, she has performed in ten productions at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Elephant Man, It’s a Wonderful Life, Barefoot in the Park, and Moonlight & Magnolias.
On the basis of her most recent screenplay, The Fault, she was selected by the Alliance of Women Directors and Women screenwriters meet in Los Angeles on September 15th, in hopes of developing more women-created content.