PRESCOTT—Actress and writer/producer Gail Mangham will channel political columnist Molly Ivins in an abbreviated version of the one-woman play at the Yavapai County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Clinton Dinner on Sept. 16.
The play, entitled, “RED HOT PATRIOT: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” produced through special arrangement with Samuel French and the Artist's Path, will feature long-time theater artist Gail Mangham, founder and artistic director of The Artist's Path. She first presented 'Patriot' in the spring of 2014 at The Prescott Elks Theatre, and was nominated for a Viola Award in the fall by the Flagstaff Arts Council following her performance at NAU.
A contemporary of Molly Ivins, Mangham also grew up in Houston.
"Never have I felt so close to a character I've portrayed,” Mangham said of Ivins, an author and political commentator. “It's as if I'm slipping into a second skin. The language is that of my youth. The script is so easy to work with because I've met these characters in one form or another, at one time or another, growing up in Houston or going to college in Austin. I look forward to sharing the story of this complex, compassionate woman as she journeys from shy Molly to Red Hot Patriot."
Along with the comedic play, the fundraising dinner will feature a gourmet dinner, a raffle and a silent auction to benefit the Yavapai County Democratic Party.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial Event Center on the Antelope Hills Golf Course, 1989 Clubhouse Drive. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. The performance will begin at 6:55 p.m. The event ends at 8:30 p.m.
Molly Ivins was a political commentator, author, columnist and humorist. She studied French, History, Politics, and Journalism at Smith College, the Institute of Political Science in Paris, France, and The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
She wrote or co-authored 11 books and was syndicated in more than 400 newspapers nationwide.
Molly received many awards including the Smith Medal from Smith College, election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was a three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.
In addition to these formal awards, Ivins said that she was particularly proud of two distinct honors: having the Minneapolis police force's mascot pig named after her and being banned from the Texas A&M campus.