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The Women’s Theatre Project
South Florida Premiere of
RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS
“The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.” Molly Ivins
The Women’s Theatre Project will present Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins February 28th through March 16th, 2014 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. It will be the first time the play has been produced in South Florida.
Award-winning actress Barbara Bradshaw will star as the unsinkable, unstoppable Molly Ivins. The ‘dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas’, famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author was a crusading journalist who broke gender barriers with her sharp-tongued wit, humor, and political savvy to establish herself as one of the nation’s most influential political columnists.
Written by twin sisters Margaret and Allison Engel, the play is a true tribute to Ivins’ keen intelligence, sense of humor, and love of irony. The script also delves into Ivins’ life to reveal what drove her from a comfortable upper-class upbringing and education to the good-ole-boy, hard-drinking world of journalism and political warfare. Red Hot Patriot seamlessly weaves personal anecdotes with a sharp and clever look at one of our favorite national pastimes – politics.
“I love the fact that the Dallas Times Herald let Ivins write what she pleased,” says director Genie Croft, “They even endorsed that policy on billboards that read: ‘Molly Ivins, Can’t Say That, Can She?’ The Engels’ script captures the jokes about provoking politicians, and her reminiscences of personal heartbreak inform and offer insight into who she was.”
Barbara Bradshaw is thrilled and excited to take on Ivins’ persona. The winner of four Carbonell Awards, the Los Angeles Drama-logue Award for Best Actress, The Silver Palm Award, The Seaside Music Theatre award, several New Times: Best Actress awards, says: “I shall struggle mightily with this amazing challenge to bring this woman to life…her wit, her wisdom, and her passion. The prospect is daunting but Molly never shied from a challenge and neither shall I…. to quote another… ‘damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!’” When asked for a favorite Ivins quote, Bradshaw responded with this one: “So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.”
Red Hot Patriot: The Wit and Wisdom of Molly Ivins will run from February 28th through March 16th, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be a special matinee performance on Friday, March 14th.
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park is located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton, just south of Palmetto Park Road. Tickets for Red Hot Patriot are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948. Tickets for all performances are $25.
Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
By Margaret and Allison Engel
February 28 – March 16, 2014
Previews: ($20) Friday, February 28 at 8 pm
Saturday March 1 at 2 pm
Performances: Thu-Sat 8pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail,
Boca Raton, FL 33486