“Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” Borrowing a phrase from cartoonist Bob Thaves to argue for more women in positions of power, feisty politician Ann Richards came to national attention when she delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

This month, the legendary late Governor of Texas will be the focus of an inspiring and hilarious play on the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville, bringing audiences face-to-face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.

Austin Peay State University theatre professor Sara Anderson stars in the one-woman tour de force, ANN, upstairs in theotherspace at the Roxy Regional Theatre for four nights only, June 24 through July 2.

The second female governor of Texas, serving from 1991 to 1995, Ann Richards was frequently noted in the media for her outspoken feminism and her one-liners. To date, she remains the last Democrat to serve as Governor of Texas.

Written and originally performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor (Judge Roberta Kittleson in the ABC drama The Practice and Evelyn Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men), this intimate, no-holds-barred portrait takes a revealing look at this larger-than-life and impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.

Directed by Ryan Bowie, ANN is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Due to language and content, this production is suggested for mature audiences only.

ANN is presented in theotherspace, the 50-seat black-box theatre located upstairs at the Roxy Regional Theatre, and plays at 7:00pm on June 24, 25, July 1 and 2.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online via the below button, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain).

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HairThis summer, join the tribe of the Age of Aquarius and celebrate the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory at the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville.

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Friday, June 14, at 8:00pm. In keeping with the theatre’s traditional pay-what-you-can opening night, all tickets not pre-sold at the regular price will go on sale at 7:30pm that evening for a $5 minimum donation.

In the first rock musical to hit the Great White Way, a group of hippie youth search for meaning amidst the Civil Rights movement, protests against the Vietnam War, drug experimentation and the sexual revolution — all set to the infectiously energetic rock beat of such songs as “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, this groundbreaking 1968 tribal love rock musical remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

The cast of HAIR features Mike Kinzer as George Berger, the tribe’s most expressive member and nominal leader; Geoff Belliston as the gentle soul Woof; David Ridley as the militant Hud; Ryan Bowie as Claude, the moral center of the group; Caitie L. Moss as the eccentric Jeanie; Alexandra West as the sassy Dionne; Annabelle Szepietowski as the flower child Crissy; Yarissa Tiara Millan as political activist and student Sheila; Brian Best in the drag role of Margaret Mead; and Ian Alexander Erbe as her husband Hubert. Sebastian Fenton, Emma Jordan, Melody Lieberman, Mimi Sears, Race Smith and Kathy Watts round out the cast as additional members of the tribe.

Rocking the sounds of the sixties is a seven-piece band featuring music director Matthew McNeill on piano, John Mayes-Barron on electric guitar, Colin Mai on bass, Thad Wallus on drums, Jakobie Kindle and Malik Sylvester on trumpet, and Austin Wells on reeds.

Please be advised HAIR is intended for mature audiences only, as this musical contains adult language, sexual situations, and brief and implied nudity. This production also utilizes pulsating lighting effects.

Directed by Ryan Bowie, HAIR was written by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot. Originally produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre, the musical was produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler.

HAIR is presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., and is produced in part by Barbara & Larry Goolsby. Additional funding support has been provided by Bradley & Lisa Martin.

Performances run June 14 through June 29 on Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, with a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, June 22.

Tickets are $25 and may be reserved online via the below button, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain). Military, APSU students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one to Thursday performances during the run.

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SEASON 37 at the Roxy Regional Theatre to open with A CHORUS LINE

May 24, 2019

The Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville’s oldest professional live theatre, unveiled its upcoming “Season 37: Experience A New Story” at a fundraiser at The Belle Hollow earlier this month, hosted by local arts supporters Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Holleman. In the company of local theatre lovers, longtime supporters and friends, Ryan Bowie, executive director […]

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Legends Bank presents Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JR., May 17 – June 8

May 10, 2019

Travel down the rabbit hole this month and join Lewis Carroll’s beloved literary heroine in her madcap adventures at the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville. Legends Bank presents the beloved award-winning musical Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JR. at the Roxy Regional Theatre, May 17 through June 8. Performed by sixty-one local […]

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April 19, 2019
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Join us for the Unveiling of SEASON 37: Experience a New Story!

April 15, 2019

Due to the impending rain and storms, this event has been moved to The Belle Hollow event space at Miss Lucille’s Marketplace (2231 Madison Street). A musical about auditioning for a musical. A pair of star-crossed lovers. A spirit-filled holiday classic. A hot and steamy New Orleans summer. A future where firemen set fires instead […]

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David Adjmi’s Historical Comedy MARIE ANTOINETTE plays April 12 – April 27

April 1, 2019

How’s a queen to keep her head in the middle of a revolution? This month, Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre is taking audiences from Versailles to the guillotine with a stylistic and satirical retelling of the life and final days of the most famous queen of France. A contemporary twist on a historical tale, David Adjmi’s […]

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Local Auditions for HAIR, DAMN YANKEES and SEASON 37 on Saturday, April 13

March 28, 2019

Local auditions for the Roxy Regional Theatre’s summer productions of the ’60s musical HAIR and the baseball musical comedy DAMN YANKEES, as well as the 2019-2020 season, will be held Saturday, April 13, beginning at 1:00pm. Auditions, which are for ages 18 and up, are by appointment only. Actors must be able to attend daytime […]

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The Cumberland Winds Jazz Combo brings “A Night of Jazz Standards” on March 29

March 11, 2019

Jazz standard lovers will not want to miss the incredible evening of music lined up at Clarksville’s oldest professional live theatre this spring. The Cumberland Winds Jazz Combo presents “A Night of Jazz Standards” in the intimate setting of the Roxy Regional Theatre on Friday, March 29, at 7:30pm. All ages are sure to enjoy […]

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Harper Lee’s American Classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD plays March 8 – March 23

February 25, 2019

One of the most enduring pieces of American literature takes to the stage of Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre this spring. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age novel about a man wrongly convicted and persecuted for a crime on the basis of his skin color, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre […]

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