DTF presenting 'Ann,' based on life of Texas governor

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DORSET — Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson will star in "Ann," directed by Kristen van Ginhoven and presented on a special limited engagement from Wednesday, Aug. 29 through Saturday Sept. 1 at Dorset Theatre Festival.

Atkinson, whose credits include "House of Cards" and "Madam Secretary," stars as Texas governor Ann Richards. The play also features Tony Award-winner Julie White as the voice of Richards' assistant, Nancy Kohler.

A co-production with WAM Theatre in Lenox, Mass., Ann will also run at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox from October 19-28.

Written by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, "Ann" is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. The play takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family.

"This seems to be the year of the female," said Dorset artistic director Dina Janis. "Ann is such an exciting way to end our 41st season, and the combination of Ann Richards, Holland Taylor, and Jayne Atkinson means this is sure to be a hit," she said.

Ann features scenic design by Juliana von Haubrich, costumes by Jess Goldstein (2005 Tony Award, The Rivals), lighting by Andi Lyons, sound design by M.L. Dogg. Ms. Atkinson's wig was designed by Paul Huntley, winner of the 2003 Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. The stage manager is Emely Zepeda.

Co-founded in 2010 by Van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre is a "double non-profit." The theatre has donated more than $41,500 of proceeds from its main stage productions to charities serving women and girls.

"We are so grateful to Kristen van Ginhoven and all of our new friends at WAM for approaching us with this project. It's been an exciting challenge and a refreshing collaboration to bring Ann to our stage in Dorset, and I'm thrilled that the fun will continue with WAM's October run," said Will Rucker, producing director at Dorset Theatre Festival.

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