Five years after she passed away at the age of 62, Molly Ivins is hotter than ever. In fact, all five performances of the one-woman play based on her life and writings, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, sold out before the run even started. And at last night's preview, Rhonda Brown, who plays Ivins, got a long standing ovation.
"I'm a one-hit wonder," says Zeik Saidman, who knew Ivins when he was a community organizer in Texas three decades ago, and worked for two-and-half-years to bring the play to Denver.
A one-hit wonder that's going to go a second round, because the show has already been extended. See also: - Hot Times: Red-Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins - Westword editor a finalist for Molly Ivins, wins SPJ award - Rhonda Brown: Best Actress in a Comedy 2012
Creating this hit wasn't easy, though; Saidman says he was turned down by at least eight producers before Brian Freeland of the LIDA Project agreed to not only host the show, but direct it. The play officially opens tonight, with performances through Sunday. (I'm slated to do a panel on women in journalism with former Denver Post columnist Diane Carman after that last show.)
Saidman and Freeland realized early this week that demand was so high that they should extend the run -- but a dance company was already slated to move into LIDA's new home, work|space at the Laundry on Lawrence, next Monday.
Fortunately, the Aurora Fox Art Center, where Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson runs through the weekend, "has a relationship with LIDA and jumped at the chance to bring Red Hot Patriot to the theater," Saidman reports.
And so for the extended run, the show will move to 9900 East Colfax Avenue. Performances there are set for 7:30 p.m. November 2, 3, 9 and 10, with matinees at 2 p.m. on November 3 and November 11. And tickets for all of those shows are still available -- right now, at least. To grab a seat, go to the Aurora Fox website.
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