Stage West Extends RED HOT PATRIOT thru June 24


Stage West has announced that it has a new box office record-holder with its production of Red Hot Patriot, the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel. The show has been selling out almost every performance, and few seats remain for the original final week of June 14-17, so Stage West has added three more performances.

Red Hot Patriot will now also play Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 8:00, and Sunday June 24 at 3:00. Food service will be available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are necessary), including the Friday night Prix Fixe Special.

"Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention."

Prophetic words from the late great Molly Ivins, who would have undoubtedly had a field day with current Texas politics and the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But even though her voice was silenced with her death in 2007, her wit and wisdom lives on in Red Hot Patriot, the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, written by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel.

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 from Columbia. Her journalistic career took her from the Houston Chronicle to the Texas Observer, and then on to the staid New York Times, where her signature earthy language got her into hot water. She then returned to Texas, where her formidable wit found an abundance of targets, until her untimely death from cancer in 2007. Red Hot Patriot follows Ivins’ journey, from her early battles with her authoritarian father to the one battle she was unable to win, with generous dollops of her humor and wisdom along the way. It will be a one-of-a-kind evening (or afternoon) of theatre.

All tickets are priced at $28, no discounts available for this show. and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website,

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