Actress and long-time Unity Member, Libby Villari (Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Boyhood), is bringing the award winning play, ANN to Unity Fort Worth!
- $20 at the door or online at Eventbrite
- Students $12 at the door
- Location: Unity Sanctuary, 5051 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76133
- Thursday, July 19
(100% of proceeds to benefit Unity Fort Worth for tickets purchased at Unity)
- Friday, July 20
- Saturday, July 21
- Thursday, July 19
- Showtime: 8:00 – 10:00 pm with an intermission
ANN is a no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. Directed by Sharon Benge.
This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written by Emmy® Award winner Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”), ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.
Praise for Libby’s ANN:
“…a breath-taking tribute… A brilliant performance:.”
– Dallas Producer/Director Sharon Garrison
“She is Ann Richards incarnate.”
– LA Producer/Casting Director Ed Johnston
“…joyful, Inspiring…not to be missed”
– Arts Editor Neil Johnson, Shreveport Times
“…one of the most accomplished single performances I’ve seen…”
– David Templeton, North Bay Stage & Screen
“Villari is riveting to watch…hilarious…”
– Rick Love, KZST Sonoma Radio
“Villari is terrific…she was born to play Ann.”
– Harry Duke, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
“A brilliant performance…”
– TBA Award winning director Carl Jordan
“Villari holds the audience spellbound”
– Hip Pocket Theater Ex. Director Linda Whittington
“Libby Villari doesn’t play Ann, Libby becomes Ann.”
– Screenwriter, Director, Producer Porter Farrell
Libby Villari was born a Tarheel and a hick in Winston-Salem, N.C. and credits the beauty and magic of rural North Carolina for her love of, and reverence for Nature. Her roots still inform who she is today. At age 11 she moved to Sunland-Tujunga on the outskirts of Los Angeles. She embraced Southern California as her new home, graduated from Verdugo Hills High School, married, gave birth to her son, and embraced all things alternative and natural, including political activism.
She became part of the “back to the land” movement of the 60’s when she and her first husband moved to Fort Worth, Texas, settling down in the boonies outside the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis. The idea was to own and tend land and nurture a communal way of life. Some of that worked out, and there are some great stories from that time in her life. Before returning to school at age 27, a show biz career had never entered her mind. A college scholarship in Speech lead to her B.A. in Theater from North Texas University, and upon graduation at age 30 she started her acting career. Acclaimed stage performances landed her an agent, she spent time honing her craft with the legendary Hip Pocket Theater and traveled with them to the Edinburgh, Scotland Theater Festival, she did several theater tours across the South, and in the early 90’s her screen career began to take off.
She’s managed to cobble together a stellar career while living on a secluded North Texas Lake, far away from the limelight, with her husband of 30 years, Matt Barnes. She’s worked with many acclaimed directors including Richard Linklater, Peter Berg, Robert Altman, Alan Parker, Clint Eastwood, Lasse Halstrom, Robert Rodriguez, Kimberly Pierce and James Marsh. People in the business describe Libby as earthy, authentic, sassy, irreverent, funny, and passionate about the civil liberties of ALL people and protecting the environment.
She splits her time between her Texas lake home, Los Angeles, and The Smokie Mountains in North Carolina where some of her family still resides. She’s recently returned to the stage to play Ann Richards in Holland Taylor’s acclaimed ANN and audiences are raving about her portrayal. Libby IS Ann Richards & was born to play her.
Read more the original play here: http://www.theannrichardsplay.com/
NOTE: Unity Fort Worth does not endorse any political candidate or party.Purchase Tickets Online