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RED HOT PATRIOT is Just That: “Red Hot!”

October 7th, 2011 No comments

From KVUE News:

What’s being called a “red hot” play makes its way to Austin in November. “Red Hot Patriot” will be back for its second run at ZACH Theatre.

The one-woman play features Barbara Chisholm playing the role of Molly Ivins. Chisholm was voted Best Actress by the Austin Chronicle and her work has spanned over 20 years. She joined KVUE to talk about her performance. Please click here if the video does not appear on this screen.

“Red Hot Patriot” runs through mid-November at ZACH Theatre. For more information, click here.

New Photos: RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS

September 19th, 2011 No comments

It is pretty kick-ass that ZACH Theatre brought a brand new staging of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to the intimate, in-the-round Whisenhunt Stage, offering Austin an up-close-and-personal look at the life, wit, humor and wisdom of Texas journalist Molly Ivins.

Here are some photos from the show starring Barbara Chisholm, feel free to share them but please remember to credit Kirk Tuck.

Tickets to Red Hot Patriot can be purchased online 24/7 or with ZACH’s box office at 512-476-0541 x1.

Congrats to ZACH Theatre Austin Critics Table Winners

June 7th, 2011 2 comments
Martin Burke in ZACH's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Martin Burke in ZACH's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, photo by Kirk Tuck

The best and brightest in Austin arts critics presents the Austin Critics Table Awards each year. Now, in its 19th year, awards were presented last night by local arts critics to recognize the most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts and theatre — for a period covering May 2010 through April 2011.

This year’s committee was composed of the Austin American-Statesman‘s Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and The Austin Chronicle‘s Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre) and the Chronicle’s Robert Faires (arts).

Barbara Chisholm as Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS

Barbara Chisholm as Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS, Photo by Kirk Tuck

ZACH Theatre and its actors were presented with several awards at the informal ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club last night, including:

  • BEST COMEDY PRODUCTION – Becky’s New Car starring Lauren Lane
  • BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION – The Drowsy Chaperone
  • BEST ACTING IN A LEADING ROLE –
    Martin Burke in The Drowsy Chaperone,
    Barbara Chisholm in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,
    Lauren Lane in Becky’s New Car and August: Osage County
  • BEST ACTING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE –
    Joshua Denning – Rent
    Meredith McCall – The Drowsy Chaperone
  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Robin Lewis for The Drowsy Chaperone and Rent
  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Susan Branch Towne for The Drowsy Chaperone

Thanks to all the casts and crewmembers who worked with the theatre to make this such an exciting season! We look forward to continue bringing quality theatre to Austin in the 2011-12 Season — which we’ve just announced!

Another exciting tidbit: If you missed Barbara Chisholm’s award-winning performance in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, ZACH will be remounting the play late this summer in-the-round on the intimate Whisenhunt Stage.

For a full list of winners, please check out today’s blog at Austin360.com.

Congrats to all!

Kaye Northcott – Editor with Molly Ivins’ at The Texas Observer

January 28th, 2011 No comments

With a show about Molly Ivins at ZACH Theatre, there’s no telling who’ll stop by … on Tuesday, we were delighted to see Kaye Northcott, who was former co-editor of The Texas Observer with Molly Ivins, at RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS.

Video: Susan Longley on Molly Ivins’ Kick-Ass Wit

January 26th, 2011 No comments

Longtime friend Susan Longley recounts Molly Ivins and the Ladies of West Austin …

If the video above does not appear, please view it directly on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfT5X37xwcM

Photos: RED HOT PATRIOT – Live at ZACH Theatre

January 25th, 2011 No comments

Austin’s theatre is proud to have a hometown hero playing another hometown hero live on stage in RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS. Austin theatre actress Barbara Chisholm stars as the no-holds-barred Texas journalist Molly Ivins. Here are some photos from the show, courtesy of ZACH Theatre photographer Kirk R. Tuck:

Feel free to share these photos on Facebook, Twitter or your own blog, but please credit Kirk R. Tuck anywhere they appear

Molly Ivins: It’s getting hot in here …

January 7th, 2011 No comments

Molly Ivins had an impeccable laugh and sense of humor. Ask us, we'd say: "It's pretty kick-ass."

Molly Ivins had an impeccable laugh and sense of humor. Ask us, we'd say: "It's pretty kick-ass."

Red Hot Patriot Director David Esbjornson, who directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway, is doing a kick-ass job directing actress Barbara Chisholm in New York this week for the Texas premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins — which opens on ZACH Theatre’s Kleberg Stage in three very short weeks.

Here’s what The Austin Chronicle has to say about this Austin theatre actress: “Barbara Chisholm is a director’s dream in a siren’s body. With talent to burn, this effervescent performer has proven to be one of the greats! An enduring association with ZACH showcases her talents like the setting on a Tiffany diamond.”

Barbara can’t wait to be back home in Austin to toast the town, the show and Molly Ivins herself on Champagne Opening Night (Saturday, Jan. 29), but in the meantime everyone from the set designer, artistic staff and crew, friends of Molly’s and even the writers themselves — twin sisters Margaret and Allison Engel — are reworking, rewriting and revamping the show for an Austin audience.

There’s a lot about this city we all love, but remember the days when Ann Richards and Molly Ivins would head on over to Magnolia Cafe to skewer the lege and have a grand old time doing it? Molly Ivins is an icon in this town, and would undoubtedly have a field day laughing about the current Texas and national political scene. And her greatest mantra has always been: “Ordinary Americans are going to save us.”

It’s ironic looking at this play and revisiting the prolific life and writings that Molly left behind just how extraordinary Molly Ivins really was.

Barbara Chisholm stars as Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS

Barbara Chisholm stars as Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS

Here are some gems compiled in the blogosphere:

  • The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.
  • What you need is sustained outrage…there’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
  • The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.
  • Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.
  • There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does.
  • The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that’s what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar.I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth.”]
  • You can’t ignore politics, no matter how much you’d like to.
  • It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.
  • What stuns me most about contemporary politics is not even that the system has been so badly corrupted by money. It is that so few people get the connection between their lives and what the bozos do in Washington and our state capitols.
  • Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don’t much care for.
  • There’s never been a law yet that didn’t have a ridiculous consequence in some unusual situation; there’s probably never been a government program that didn’t accidentally benefit someone it wasn’t intended to. Most people who work in government understand that what you do about it is fix the problem — you don’t just attack the whole government.
  • I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.
  • I still believe in Hope – mostly because there’s no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas.
  • One function of the income gap is that the people at the top of the heap have a hard time even seeing those at the bottom. They practically need a telescope. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt probably didn’t waste a lot of time thinking about the people who built their pyramids, either. OK, so it’s not that bad yet — but it’s getting that bad.
  • It’s like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you’re wrong.

Click here to read more Molly-isms.

What would Molly Ivins have to say about politics today?