AAPEX Writer Yvette Heyliger's HILLARY & MONICA Opens July 24th (NYC) — Hillary and Monica , Yvette Heyliger — AAPEX

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

AAPEX Writer Yvette Heyliger's HILLARY & MONICA Opens July 24th (NYC)

Following, Barack Obama’s lead, we are showing Hillary some love by helping her to pay down her campaign debt resulting from one of the hardest-fought primary races in history! The Midtown International Theatre Festival in association with Twinbiz presents Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent beginning July 24, 2008. If a patron wishes, after each performance the hat will be passed or a ticket can be purchased online at http://www.ticketcentral.com/ with the following promotional code: HILSBILL. A dollar of each ticket purchased with this code will go towards paying down Hill’s bills! Giving is totally optional, of course!

Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent is a one-act play which explores what would have happened if the former first lady and the infamous intern had a chance meeting before the scandal broke? Find out in this all-American uproar about women, power and politics which takes a look at the evolution of the role of First Lady, as well as the age old problem of infidelity which affects first ladies from all walks of life.

Written and directed by Yvette Heyliger, the one-act play stars Clinton look-a-like Heidi Dallin, Jacqueline Kristel as Monica Lewinsky, Vanessa Shaw as Betty Curry and Jeff Pierce as Bill Clinton. Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent will be playing at Workshop Theatre Main Stage, 312 West 36th Street, 4th floor on July 24th at 8:30pm, July 25th at 6:30pm, July 26th at 9:00pm, July 29 at 6:30pm, August 2nd at 5:00pm and August 2nd at 2:30pm. Tickets can be purchased for $18, $15 for seniors and students at http://www.ticketcentral.com/ or 212-279-4200.

People are often surprised when they discover Heyliger is African-American. To this she says, “I write about women’s issues which transcend race and I have always been patriotic; with this play I had a chance to explore both. This is a play about infidelity, a universal subject most people unfortunately know something about. However, the play is bigger than the scandal which is only used as a jumping off point for larger issues regarding women and politics. Women seeking office have to walk a tight rope between toughness and humanity that men do not, and the play explores that. It is interesting that the themes I wrote about in 2001—a presidential hopeful juggling power, politics and perfidiousness—have come to pass in 2008.”

Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent was produced in a limited engagement last summer at Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts and was well received by audiences. Interestingly the play attracted Hillary supporters and detractors alike! Following are a few additional quotes by critics: "A witty take on recent history." Daily Item; "Hil-arious production!" North Shore Sunday; Complex: ‘Hillary and Monica’ delivers more than laughs." Winston-Salem Journal.

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