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Kathleen Turner Arrives Red Hot to the Geffen Playhouse

  • Published Jan 3, 2012 8:00 AM

Kathleen Turner on stage as Molly Ivins.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Written by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel Directed by David Esbjornson

Preview Performances: Tuesday, January 3 – Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Opening Night: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Closing Night: Sunday, February 12, 2012

Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner sizzles in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins as the brassy Texan reporter whose liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage. 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. Ms. Turner is periodically joined on stage by a “helper,” played by Matthew Van Oss, who will be making his Geffen Playhouse debut. Written by twin sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel and helmed by acclaimed director and Geffen alum David Esbjornson (Neil Simon's Rose & Walsh and Bill Cain’s Equivocation), this acclaimed production captures the red-headed reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. Red Hot Patriot begins previews on January 3, 2011 with an official opening date of January 11.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins had its world premiere at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, where Kathleen Turner originated the role. A subsequent production (featuring Barbara Chisholm) was produced by the ZACH Theatre in Austin. The Geffen Playhouse production marks the West Coast premiere.

Special events during the run of Red Hot Patriot include the theater’s special Signature Series options for no additional cost. These evenings include an intellectual, thought-provoking post show Q&A at Talk Back Tuesdays; a scintillating, one-of-a kind after-party at Girls Night Out; a cultural happy hour with Lounge Fridays and complimentary wine tastings during Wine Down Sundays. For more information, please view www.geffenplayhouse.com/redhotevents.