Second Thought Theatre Opens 2018 Season with HILLARY AND CLINTON
Second Thought Theatre opens its first four-show season since 2013 with the area premiere of Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath. Laura Colleluori makes her STT directorial debut after previously serving as assistant director and dramaturg for Grounded (2017) and A Kid Like Jake (2016). This year she directs "a work of total fiction" about a woman named Hillary who is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America in an alternate universe light years away. Hillary and Clinton begins with previews on Wednesday, January 10 and runs through Saturday, February 3. All performances of Hillary and Clinton will take place at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets to Hillary and Clinton can be purchased online at 2TT.co.
"What I love so dearly about Lucas Hnath's script is that we are given the chance to encounter these two people, not as this political dynasty mired in decades of scandal and speculation, but simply as humans - as a woman named Hillary and her husband Bill," said director Laura Colleluori. "In this moment, as we are closing out a difficult, bitterly divisive year and preparing to enter a year that will likely be even harder, it could not be more important to be producing work like this - work that reinforces our shared humanity."
STT Artistic Director Alex Organ agreed, noting that, "This play focuses on two of the most well-known and complex political figures of our time - and yet, in making the play personal rather than the political, Hnath manages to bring these characters to life in a way the audience has never known them before. We are thrilled to have Laura at the helm to tell their story."
Hillary was destined for this. She had prepared her entire life for this. And yet, one fateful New Hampshire evening in January 2008, she sees it all beginning to slip through her fingers.
Making her Second Thought Theatre debut, Stormi Demerson stars as Hillary, the woman who would be president if only she could keep her poll numbers, funds, and spirits from plummeting past the point of no return. Exhausted but not yet discouraged, she finds herself questioning, for the first time, whether her dream will ever become her reality. Set during the 2008 New Hampshire primary, audiences may think they know what happens next, but in Hnath's play these characters aren't necessarily the people you've seen on the news, and the outcome isn't necessarily what you might expect.
Aaron Johansen (Grounded, A Kid Like Jake) will design lights, and Preston Gray makes his Second Thought debut designing sound. Melissa Panzarello returns to design costumes, having previously designed The Necessities.
Hillary and Clinton opens with previews on Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11 at 7:30pm. Opening and press night is Friday, January 12 at 8:00pm. The PWYC performances of Hillary and Clinton will take place on Wednesday, January 10; Thursday, January 11; Monday, January 15; Monday, January 22; and Monday, January 29 at 7:30p. PWYC tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to the start of the performance and are subject to availability. Hillary and Clinton runs through February 3. Tickets to Hillary and Clinton are on sale now at 2TT.co and can be purchased for $25.
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