Kathleen Turner Is Red-Hot Molly Ivins, Opening at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse Jan. 11
By Kenneth Jones
Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, starring Kathleen Turner as the late journalist, opens Jan. 11 following previews from Jan. 3 at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. David Esbjornson directs the script by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel.
Here's how Geffen bills the piece: "From writing Elvis Presley’s New York Times obituary to becoming the most widely-read self-proclaimed 'pain in the ass to whatever powers come to be,' Ivins, often described as a modern-day Mark Twain, made rabid fans and enemies alike with her sharp-tongued humor and unabashed political criticism. This acclaimed show captures the redheaded reporter's indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics."
Matthew Van Oss also appears in the play in a role billed as The Helper.
In spring 2010 Turner starred as Molly Ivins in the world premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins for Philadelphia Theatre Company. A subsequent production (featuring Barbara Chisholm) was produced by the ZACH Theatre in Austin. The Geffen Playhouse production marks the West Coast premiere.
The creative team includes scenic designer John Arnone, costume designer Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lighting designer Daniel Ionazzi.
Stage and screen actress Turner appeared on Broadway in spring 2011 in the drama High. Her other Broadway credits include The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Indiscretions and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Tony Award nomination).
Her film appearances include "Body Heat," "Romancing the Stone," "Jewel of the Niles," "Prizzi's Honor," "War of the Roses" and "Peggy Sue Got Married," for which she was Academy Award-nominated.
Performances play the Geffen's Gil Cates Theater. Visit geffenplayhouse.com.
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