Jayne Atkinson Stars in Limited Run of “Ann” at the Dorset Theatre Festival

(Dorset, VT– August 17, 2018) Dorset Theatre Festival, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dina Janis, Producing Director Will Rucker, and Executive Director Marissa Hutton, presents Holland Taylor’s ANN, directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. Two-time Tony nominee JAYNE ATKINSON (“House of Cards,” “Madam Secretary”) will play Ann Richards, the former Governor of Texas known for a personality as large as the state from which she hailed. The play also features Tony Award-Winner JULIE WHITE (The Little Dog Laughed) as the voice of Ann Richards’ assistant, Nancy Kohler.

A limited special engagement, ANN will begin performances August 29, 2018 at the Dorset Playhouse (104 Cheney Road, Dorset, VT 05251), and will run through September 1, 2018.  A co-production with WAM Theatre in Lenox, MA, Ann will also run at the Tina Packer Playhouse (70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA) October 19 – 28, 2018.

An intimate, brash, and feisty portrait of Ann Richards, legendary Governor of Texas

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. Performed by two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (“House of Cards,” “Madam Secretary”), Ann 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 Dina Janis, Dorset’s Artistic Director. “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 added.

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.

Ann is a co-production with WAM Theatre, Lenox, MA.

Co-founded in 2010 by Ann director Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre is a “double non-profit.” The theatre has donated over $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.

The box office may be reached by calling (802) 867-2223 ext. 101, Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 6 pm. For more information, or to purchase subscriptions and tickets online, visit www.dorsettheatrefestival.org.

Dorset Theatre Festival is sponsored for its 41st season by Manchester Designer Outlets.


Dorset Theatre Festival’s mission is to create bold, innovative, and authentic theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, and economically diverse region: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring our audience through the celebration of great plays. We aim to redefine the landscape of theatre by presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the new and classic canon, as well as through the development of new plays, new audiences, and new artists for the future of American theater. We produce theatre that matters.


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