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Kathleen Turner Brings Molly Ivins to Washington this Summer

The actress will star as the Texan journalist in “Red-Hot Patriot” at Arena Stage.

Kathleen Turner in Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. Photograph by Mark Garvin.

We’ll always know and love her primarily for her role as Chandler Bing’s transvestite father in Friends, but thankfully for Kathleen Turner, her acting career goes a lot further than playing either a man in drag or Jessica Rabbit. Arena Stage announced last night that the two-time Tony nominee will star in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at the theater this summer.

The show about Ivins, a much-beloved Texan political journalist who once described Bill Clinton as “weaker than bus-station chili,” is written by sisters (and journalists) Margaret and Allison Engel, and previously had acclaimed runs in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, where it debuted. “She really was so prescient about things,” Allison Engel told the Post’s Jessica Goldstein of Ivins in an interview. “It sounds like she was writing last week.”

Turner gave an interview to New York magazine yesterday, in which she talked about the auspicious timing of the show. “I was determined that I want Molly’s voice in Washington before the election. So we just made a deal in with Arena Stage, and I’m taking Molly to Washington, end of August through the end of October. It’s gonna be such fun.”

For more information about Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, visit Arena Stage’s website.

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