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Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner is in D.C. for a star turn in a one-woman show on the life of firebrand journalist Molly Ivins. An unapologetic liberal in deep-red Texas, Ivins took on politicos with her trademark razor-sharp wit and intelligence. Of one Texas legislator, she wrote: "If his IQ slipped any lower, they'd have to water him twice a day." In her life and in her writing, Ivins above all aimed to make us care -- and to act, a trait shared by the actress portraying her. We talk with Turner about Ivins and her career in acting and activism.
An excerpt from the 2012 production of "Red Hot Patriot" at Arena Stage is provided and reproduced by kind permission of Arena Stage. The show stars Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner as newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. The production runs through Oct. 28.