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The Conners'Laurie Metcalf to Play Hillary Clinton on Broadway 

The Conners'Laurie Metcalf to Play Hillary Clinton on Broadway 

Laurie Metcalf

The star of Roseanne and The Conners will play Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries in Hillary and Clinton. 

A new play coming to Broadway from the author of A Doll's House, Part 2 places Hillary Clinton front and center and ahead of her husband in a story set during the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic primary. Hillary and Clinton, from playwright Lucas Hnath, producer Scott Rudin, and The Boys in the Band director Joe Mantello, stars Laurie Metcalf, a Tony winner for A Doll's House, Part 2 and star of the Roseanne spin-off The Conners, as Hillary Clinton and John Lithgow as Bill Clinton, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"It's a political play -- but not in the way I think anybody will expect. It treats the Clintons like Shakespeare treated real people in his history plays -- it is both fundamentally truthful and also wildly imaginative," Rudin told the Reporter about the four-person play that also includes Clinton's chief strategist, Mark J. Penn, and Barack Obama (referred to as "the other guy" in the script) as characters.

"It's not in any way a docudrama or a work of nonfiction but rather an exploration of power and how it works, not only in the canvas of a political campaign but inside an enduring marriage," Rudin added.

Hillary and Clinton, which excavates the shifting power dynamics within a marriage, premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in 2016. It has been reworked heavily before heading to Broadway, where it will open next spring, according to the Reporter.

"It's a deep dive into a pivotal moment we think we know a lot about, but that in fact we actually know very little about," Rudin said. "I found it both shrewd and, in its way, revelatory in the way it posits a behind-the-curtain look at how history might have occurred."

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.