“HILLARY & CLINTON,” A NEW PLAY BY LUCAS HNATH WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY THIS SEASON, STARRING LAURIE METCALF AND JOHN LITHGOW
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**FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION**
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD® WINNER
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER
WILL STAR IN
“HILLARY AND CLINTON”
A NEW PLAY BY
TONY AWARD NOMINEE
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER
New York, NY – Producer Scott Rudin announced today that two-time Tony Award winner and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf, and two-time Tony Award winner and six-time Emmy Award winner John Lithgow, will return to Broadway to star in Hillary and Clinton, a new play by Tony nominee Lucas Hnath (author of A Doll’s House, Part 2 – newly minted as this year’s most produced play in America). Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, previews begin March 16, 2019, ahead of an official opening night on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at a Broadway theater to be announced.
Behind closed doors in the state of New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary (Metcalf) is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill (Lithgow), sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything that can happen, will.
In Hillary and Clinton, Lucas Hnath examines the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of experience and inevitability in this profoundly timely look at an American dynasty in crisis.
The creative team includes Chloe Lamford (Set Design), Tony and Academy Award winner Ann Roth (Costume Design), and Tony Award winner Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Design).
B I O G R A P H I E S
Laurie Metcalf (Hillary) received the 2018 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play for Three Tall Women and a 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for A Doll’s House, Part 2. She has also received Tony nominations for Misery, The Other Place, and November. Metcalf received three Emmy Awards for her work on the television series “Roseanne,” and Emmy nominations for “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Monk,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Getting On,” and “Horace and Pete.” She will be seen in the upcoming television series, “The Conners.” Films include Lady Bird (National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture), Desperately Seeking Susan, Leaving Las Vegas, Uncle Buck, JFK, Internal Affairs, and the Toy Story series. She is an original member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
John Lithgow (Bill) is a two-time Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award-winning actor who has been a major presence in theater, television, and film for over 40 years. Broadway credits include John Lithgow: Stories By Heart, A Delicate Balance, The Columnist (Tony Award nomination), All My Sons, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), The Retreat From Moscow, Sweet Smell of Success (Tony), M. Butterfly (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), The Front Page, Requiem for a Heavyweight (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award), Beyond Therapy, Division Street, Bedroom Farce, Spokesong, Once in a Lifetime, Anna Christie, Comedians, Boy Meets Girl, Secret Service, A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Trelawny of the “Wells,” My Fat Friend, and The Changing Room (Tony and Drama Desk Awards). For his work on television, Lithgow has 11 Emmy Award nominations, winning six, most notably for the Netflix series “The Crown,” Showtime’s “Dexter” and NBC’s “3rd Rock From the Sun.” He has shot over 40 major films and was nominated for Academy Awards for both The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. He has played principal roles in the U.K. at the National Theatre and the RSC; danced with the New York City Ballet; performed at Carnegie Hall and with a dozen American orchestras; created nine picture books and three albums for kids; written a memoir; and recently co-created a crossword puzzle for the New York Times. Such variety has won him a place in the Theater Hall of Fame, a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Lucas Hnath (Playwright) received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Play with A Doll’s House, Part 2, this year’s most produced play in America. Hnath’s plays include Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye, and Death Tax. He has been produced on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre, Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have been produced nationally and internationally with premieres at the Humana Festival of New Plays, Victory Gardens, and South Coast Rep. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. Awards: Kesselring Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, an Obie, and the Windham-Campbell Literary Prize
Joe Mantello (Director). A two-time Tony Award-winning director, credits include The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women (Tony nomination), The Humans (Tony nomination), Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last…, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, and Corpus Christi. Acting credits: The Glass Menagerie, The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination), The Baltimore Waltz. Mantello was nominated for Emmy and Critics’ Choice Awards for his performance in HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” He is a member of Naked Angels and an Associate Artist at the Roundabout Theatre Company and has received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway Awards.
Chloe Lamford (Set Design) trained at Wimbledon School of Art. Winner of the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Design and Performance, 2013. Lamford is Associate Designer at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Theatre include 1984; Atmen; Ophelia (Schaubühne Theater, Berlin); De Meiden (Toneelgroep Amsterdam); Het Hamiltoncomplex (Hetpaleis, Antwerp); Amadeus; Rules for Living, The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre); Unreachable, The Twits, 2071, The Internet Is Serious Business, God Bless the Child, Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court, London); The Events, Disco Pigs, Blackta (Young Vic Theatre); Boys (Headlong Theatre); The Tempest; Salt, Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse); Our Ladies, The Wicker Man, Knives in Hens (National Theatre Scotland). Opera includes Alcina, Pelléas et Mélisande (Aix-en-Provence); The Little Sweep (Malmö Opera); The Magic Flute (English Touring Opera).
Ann Roth (Costume Design) is a Tony Award-winning costume designer with over 100 theatre design credits. Select designs include the original Broadway productions of The Odd Couple, Purlie, Seesaw, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, They’re Playing Our Song, Hurlyburly, The House of Blue Leaves, The Book of Mormon, and The Nance (Tony). Additional theatre credits include The Vertical Hour, The Year of Magical Thinking, Death of a Salesman, Betrayal, A Raisin in the Sun, This Is Our Youth, A Delicate Balance, Blackbird, Shuffle Along…, The Front Page, Carousel, Three Tall Women, The Iceman Cometh, and The Waverly Gallery. Film credits include The English Patient (Academy Award), The Post, Julie & Julia, The Reader, Doubt, Mamma Mia!, Cold Mountain, The Hours, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Birdcage, Klute, Working Girl, Silkwood, 9 to 5, Hair, and Midnight Cowboy. Roth was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2011.
Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Design). Broadway credits include The Boys in the Band, Groundhog Day, An Act of God, I’ll Eat You Last…, Matilda (2013 Tony Award), Ghost (Tony nomination), La Bête, Mary Stuart (Tony nomination), A Steady Rain, Shrek, Boeing-Boeing, Spamalot (Tony nomination), The Graduate, Follies, The Blue Room, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has garnered three Olivier Awards and is currently represented in the West End by Casey Nicholaw’s new production of Dreamgirls and Matilda. Vanstone is an associate artist at The Old Vic.
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