By Andrew Gans
02 May 2012
|Photo by Mark Garvin|
Written by twin-sister journalists Margaret Engel and Allison Engel and directed by David Esbjornson, the D.C. premiere will kick off Arena Stage’s upcoming season, playing Aug. 23-Oct. 28 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.
“Molly Ivins is a political news icon. Newspeople admired her, and politicians—even the ones she skewered—respected her brutally honest work. She makes a really wonderful stage character, and Kathleen Turner is the ideal match. Molly was a true crusader and activist in every sense of the word—and activists catch fire on stage,” said artistic director Smith in a statement.
In Red Hot Patriot, Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Turner, according to Arena Stage, brings her "sizzling blend of sensuality and intelligence to the bravado of newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. A dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas, Ivins’ rapier wit made her one of America’s highest-regarded columnists, satirists and beloved rabble-rousers."
Tickets for Red Hot Patriot are available now to Arena Stage subscribers only by visiting arenastage.org or calling the Arena Stage Sales Office at (202) 488-3300. Single tickets go on sale July 16.