Hillary and Clinton on Broadway
About Hillary and Clinton
Two-time Tony Award, and three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf, and two-time Tony Award and six-time Emmy winner John Lithgow return to Broadway in HILLARY AND CLINTON, a new play by Tony nominee Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2). Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. During the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill, sees things one way; her campaign manager Mark, another. If this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything can happen. HILLARY AND CLINTON examines the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of experience in this profound and timely look at an American dynasty in crisis.
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The former First Lady, secretary of state, and presidential candidate is taking her turn as Broadway leading lady. Well, sort of. “Hillary and Clinton” is an exploration of what playwright Lucas Hnath calls “stereoscopic theatricality,” a process that zooms in closer on something you think you know and adds new vantage points. The result is a cross between fact and fiction, and in this case, split dimensions. The play draws on the illustrious Clinton family but it is set in an alternate universe, and the casting and performance is not meant to reflect reality. The play’s Hillary (played by Laurie Metcalf) is in the trenches of a gender war, vying for the Democratic party nomination as a last-ditch effort to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. It examines how gender politics, marriage politics, and stereotypes play into power. And while the ending of this familiar 2008 campaign may be part of history, in this version, anything can happen.
“Hillary and Clinton” had its world premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre in 2016, eight years after it was penned, and has had subsequent productions at the Philadelphia Theater Company, at HATTheater in Richmond, Virginia, and at the Second Thought Theater in Dallas, Texas. This show marks the second collaboration between Lucas Hnath and Laurie Metcalf, who won a Tony Award for her performance in his play “A Doll’s House, Part 2” in 2017.
What To Watch For
- Lucas Hnath is one of the most-produced playwrights in the United States. His other plays include “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “The Christians,” “Red Speedo,” “A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney,” “Isaac's Eye,” and “Death Tax.”
- This production marks Laurie Metcalf’s return to the Golden Theatre. She most recently performed there in “Three Tall Women” in 2018.
- This production marks the first time Hillary Clinton will be fictionalized in a Broadway play. David Henry Hwang’s new musical “Soft Power,” also depicts a fictionalized character of the former First Lady.
1hr 30min (no intermission)
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.