Screen star Kathleen Turner brings political icon Molly Ivins to the stage in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins.

The D.C. premiere kicks off Arena Stage’s 2012/13 season,  playing August 23 through October 28, 2012,  in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.

Turner, who starred as Titania in Arena’s 1981 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, also participated in a tribute performance to Edward Albee in the Edward Albee Festival in 2011.

She is the ideal match for the crusader activist Ivins, known for her wit as well as her brutally honest work as a columnist who wrote about politicians, economic injustice and the threats to our freedoms.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins was written by twin sisters Allison and Margaret Engel, who both have extensive experience in politics and journalism.

This show is timed to open on the same schedule as the national presidential conventions and this is one ticket you don’t want to miss. Tickets for Red Hot Patriot are available by visiting arenastage.org or calling the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300.

Southwest residents can receive a discount for the Sept. 4 performance.

By Sheila Wickouski

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