By Tom Gliatto Melody Chiu Patrick Gomez
June 10, 2013 12:00 PM


You’re Tony-nominated for Ann, your one-woman show about Texas governor Ann Richards.

There is such excitement around the show. It has felt like doing a political campaign. I can hardly keep up. I haven’t even opened my opening-night presents yet. It’s been weeks!

What inspired it?

I had great affection for her. I didn’t know her, but when she died I was inconsolable. I thought, “I’ll do something creative with my feelings.”

Theater is so different from your sitcom.

I was offered that job [just after] my mother died. I was wondering what to do with my life. I thought, “I don’t feel I’ve accomplished much.” This feels like a big accomplishment.