(K. Brent Tomer),
WHEN Lucas Hnath wrote his new play “Hillary and Clinton”, he could not have been sure that the former secretary of state would be by far the most likely candidate to win the presidency. Yet as Donald Trump has ousted all of his Republican rivals in the primary elections—and the scenario of a Trump-Clinton contest (as well as a defeat of Napoleonic proportions for the Republicans in November) becomes more likely—Mr Hnath’s contemplation on gender and power is now highly topical.
“Hillary and Clinton” is imagined to take place in a universe not so different from our own. A woman named Hillary is trying to become president of a country called the United States of America. She is married to a man called Bill, who used to be a popular president of the same country. He repeatedly betrayed her with extramarital affairs, including a scandalous incident with an intern. She sits in a hotel room in New Hampshire in 2008, contemplating her likely defeat in the next primary election. Her campaign is running out of money.
Against her aide’s advice, she summons Bill, whom she has hitherto banned from the…Continue reading