“The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins”
The story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the “good ol’ boys” with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin sisters, themselves longtime journalists, the play celebrates Ivins’ courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn’t listening.
Mary Tyler “Molly” Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. Ivins joined the Texas Observer in the early 1970s and later moved to The New York Times. She became a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald in the 1980s, and then the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the Times Herald was sold and shuttered. The column was subsequently syndicated by Creators Syndicate and carried by hundreds of newspapers. A biography of Ivins, Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, was co-written in 2010 by PEN-USA winning presidential biographer Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith.
The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 stated:
“Ivins’s pithy assessments of politics and life at large crackle with broad Texas humor. Combining her talent for culling information with her razor-sharp wit, she throws a powerful knockout punch. … Whether one agrees with her or not, Ivins’s pen pierces both the brain and the funny bone.”
Meg Chamberlain is all smarts and sass as the red headed firebrand, recounting her political rants and personal reflections with a liberal dose of piss and vinegar. Written by twin sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel and directed by respected Director Stephanie Mulligan, this production captures the spunky reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. Opening Night for RED HOT PATRIOT is Friday, March 8 and runs through Sunday, March 24 with Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Free parking lot and street parking available.
Photo Credit: Greg Owen
“Red Hot Patriot is an inspiring piece of theater. –Broad Street Review
“A memorable portrait of a crusading journalist who broke gender barriers to establish herself as one of the nation’s most influential and compassionate political columnists.” –Theatermania.com
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
RED HOT PATRIOT is under 1 hour and 15 minutes in length and there will be no intermission
The Chapel Theater
4107 S.E. Harrison
Mild Adult Themes
Free parking lot and street parking available.
The Chapel Theatre is Wheelchair accesible.
How old do you have to be to see this?
This show is appropriate for audience members 21 years of age and older.
There is a discount rate for those 65 years of age and older.
Do you offer discounted tickets?
Stay tuned for information about discounted rates for Arts For All patrons.
We also offer a discounted rate for patrons 65 years of age and older.