WaterTower Theatre and Stage West's RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS Begins Tonight
WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin has announced the co-production of Red Hot Patriot: the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins with Stage West, running tonight, August 18 -September 29, 2013 in the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre. Georgia Clinton reprises her performance as the well-known Texas journalist Molly Ivins.
Tickets on sale now. Tickets range in price from $20 to $27.50 and are available online by visiting www.watertowertheatre.org, by phone at 972-450-6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre box office located inside the Addison Theatre Centre.
There will be one preview performance tonight, August 18 at 7:30 pm. The opening night performance is August 19 at 7:30 pm.
Dana Schultes is the director of Red Hot Patriot. The creative team includes Jessica Pettit (Production Stage Manager), JimCovault (Set Design), Jim Covault and Peggy Kruger-O'Brien (Costume Design), Jason Domm (Lighting Design), Lynn Lovett (Décor and Props Design), Eliot Haynes (Sound and Video Design).
Molly Ivins is best-known for her pithy and often colorful prose, something which earned her the admiration of many and the rabid enmity of others. Born into an affluent family, she spent most of her undergrad years at Smith College, later earning a Masters Degree from Columbia University. Her journalistic career took her from the Houston Chronicle to the Texas Observer, and then on to the New York Times, where her signature, earthy language often had her at odds with her management. She later returned to Texas, where her formidable wit found an abundance of targets. She died of cancer in 2007. Red Hot Patriot, written by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, follows Ivins' journey, from her early battles with her authoritarian father to the one battle she was unable to win.
Director: Dana Schultes
Production Stage Manager: Jessica Pettit
Set Designer: Jim Covault
Costume Designers: Jim Covault and Peggy Kruger-O'Brien
Lighting Designer: Jason Domm
Décor and Props Designer: Lynn Lovett
Sound and Video Designer: Eliot Haynes
Show Run Dates: Monday, August 19 - Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Wednesday, September 25- Saturday, September 29, 2013
Preview Dates: Sunday, August 18 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Monday, August 19 at 7:30pm
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm
Wednesday- 2pm (Sept.18 only)
Fridays & Saturdays: 8pm
Single Tickets: Wednesday and Thursday at $22.00; Friday., Saturday and Sunday at $27.50
Preview performance tickets at $20.00
Buy tickets at www.watertowertheatre.org or 972-450-6232 or in person at WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday - Friday, 12pm to 6pm) at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
About Margaret and Allison Engel (Playwrights): Margaret and Allison Engel, both journalists, were great admirers of Molly Ivins. Having heard Ivins compared to Mark Twain on several occasions, they decided that the theatre would be a great way to keep her voice alive, and despite never having written a play, they took a leap. They delved into her writings, and spoke to many of her friends, and were fortunate enough to have Kathleen Turner, also an admirer, agree to come on board. Seven months after the first reading, the play opened, and it has enjoyed great success.
Margaret Engel was a reporter for the Washington Post, Des Moines Register and Lorain Journal, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. She directs the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation and was the managing editor of the Newseum, the museum for news, in Washington, D.C. She co-wrote Food Finds: America's Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them with her twin, Allison, and helped turn the book into a show for Food Network, where it ran for seven years. It appears today on the Travel Channel. She serves on the Theatre Washington/ Helen Hayes Awards board, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and chairs the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards board. She and her husband, Bruce Adams, wrote three editions of a travel guide to America's baseball parks, with the help of their children, Emily and Hugh.