WAM's 'Ann' heading for DC, Dallas

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LENOX — WAM Theatre's fall 2018 production of "Ann" is hitting the road.

Two major U.S. regional theaters — Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Dallas Theatre Center — will present a new co-production of Holland Taylor's one-woman play about Texas Governor Ann Richards in July and October.

WAM artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven will again direct. Jayne Atkinson will reprise the title role.

The original design team — WAM associate artist Juliana von Haubrich, scenic designer; Andi Lyons, lighting designer; M. L. Dogg; sound designer; Jess Goldstein, costume designer; and Paul Huntley, wig designer. — also will return.

The production will run July 11-Aug. 11 at Arena Stage and Oct. 15-Nov. 10 in Dallas. Tickets and information can be found online at arenastage.org and dallastheatercenter.org

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In this region, WAM's production was seen in late summer 2018 at Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont and in October at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox.

"As a new citizen of this country, and as the artistic director of WAM, I cannot imagine a better way to contribute to the civic dialogue leading up to the 2020 election," Canada-born and raised van Ginhoven said in a news release. "All of us at WAM are thrilled that our work at the intersection of arts and activism will have a life outside of the Berkshires where it will reach even larger audiences. And personally, I am delighted to be able to continue work on this play with Jayne at these two acclaimed regional theaters."

"I am thrilled and proud to be continuing the journey - joining with Kristen to take 'Ann' on the road and share the brilliance and humor of Ann Richards," Atkinson added.

"We at Arena are excited about this co-production and bringing Jayne Atkinson's fantastic portrayal of Governor Richards, along with Kristen van Ginhoven's wonderful direction, to Washington DC," Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith said, also in the WAM news release. There really is no better place for a play about a strong woman politician."

"We are thrilled to welcome Kristen van Ginhoven to Dallas to direct 'Ann,'" said Kevin Moriarty, Enloe/Rose artistic director of Dallas Theater Center. "Under Kristen's leadership, and with Jayne Atkinson in the title role, audiences will love this inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful and captivating character of Ann Richards."


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