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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
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

of Ivins in an interview. “It sounds like she was writing last

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
such fun.”

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