Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

By Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Directed by David Esbjornson
Featuring Kathleen Turner
Main Season · Roda Theatre
November 21, 2014–January 4, 2015

Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner makes her Berkeley Rep debut as Molly Ivins, the brassy, sharp-witted political journalist and best-selling author of Bushwacked. Celebrated for her folksy yet barbed humor, Ivins was the rowdy raconteur stirring up trouble in the old boy’s club and ridiculing those she deemed too big for their britches—earning her a widely read syndicated column and a seat next to Mark Twain as one of America’s beloved satirists. In Red Hot Patriot, Kathleen Turner is all smarts and sass as the redheaded firebrand, recounting her political rants and personal reflections with a liberal dose of piss and vinegar.

We do not expect this show to include an intermission. We’ll update this information, and add running time, once we have confirmation.

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Executive sponsor

Ira and Leonore Gershwin Philanthropic Fund

Season sponsors

BARTKPIXWells Fargo

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Premium: $59–99 · Section A: $45–81 · Section B: $29–61

Prices are subject to change at any time. Generally, your best bet is to buy early. Weeknight tickets tend to cost less than weekends. For the consistently lowest prices, see any three or more subscription plays.

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“Turner is a marvel to watch as she takes on the character of the sharp-tongued political journalist Molly Ivins…Great direction, a great script, and an enormously talented actress…This is a production that needs to be seen…”—Broadway World

“The show is absolutely wonderful, entertaining and illuminating…and fiercely topical to today’s helter-skelter events.”—Huffington Post

“[Turner] truly owns the stage…The rants and reflections, not to mention all the wicked wit in between, sound fresher than ever, and they keep this Red Hot Patriot spinning. No, make that kicking ass.”—The Baltimore Sun

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Introducing Red Hot Patriot

Meet the witty Molly Ivins and the powerhouse actor that portrays her—Kathleen Turner!

Docent talks and discussions

Pre-show docent talks

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Post-show docent-led discussions

Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.

Our docents also offer talks off-site

  • Thursday, December 11 · 1pm—Moraga Library

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Teen Night

Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.

  • Friday, November 21, 2014

Past Teen Night guests have included: Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director; Ray Garcia and Salvatore Vassallo, dancers in Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup; and Michael Suenkel, Berkeley Rep’s production stage manager.

Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Tickets are $10. Learn more. To reserve your space, call Teen Council at 510 647–2973 or email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org.

Last Call

Cap off your night with us after select evening performances throughout the season and sample wine, spirits, and other culinary delights from local vendors—all for FREE! Samplings begin immediately following the performance.

  • Friday, December 5, 2014

Post-show discussions

Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Friday, December 26, 2014