Miami New Drama presents the World Premiere of When Monica Met Hillary By Winter Miller
Miami New Drama Artistic Director Michel Hausmann and Managing Director Nicholas Richberg are pleased to announce the world premiere production of When Monica Met Hillary, a new play by Winter Miller (The Public Theater’s In Darfur) and directed by Margot Bordelon (Playwrights Horizons’ Wives). When Monica Met Hillary will play at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL.) from March 3 - March 27, with opening night set for March 5.
The cast for When Monica Met Hillary will feature Kyra Kennedy (Mystic Pizza)
as Monica Lewinsky, Danielle Skraastad (Hurricane Diane at NYTW/WP) as Hillary Clinton, Mia Matthews (MND’s 7 Deadly Sins) as Marcia Lewis, and Rasha Zamamiri (“The Blacklist”) as Huma Abedin.
Girl meets boss. Girl falls for boss. Girl loses everything. A First Lady breaks the glass ceiling...only to find another. Monica and Hillary have never met. Until now. You think you know the story. After all, you did hear it from the media, the news, the tabloids…but you might come to realize you don’t know it at all. This story is about mothers and daughters, ambitious politicians who are devoted wives, and, yes, the men…but they don’t have a say in how this story ends. Monica and Hillary have never met, never spoken to each other; but what if, years later, they did meet? A world-premiere play written by Winter Miller (The Public Theater’s In Darfur) and directed by Margot Bordelon (Playwrights Horizons’ Wives).
Playwright Winter Miller says, “If these two exceptionally resilient women do meet one day, I’d for sure want to be a fly on the wall. But if that never happens, this play is a boxing match between two of this and last century’s most famous women on earth, well, aside from Charli D’Amelio.”
“This is a show about women that were put under a tiny microscope by the media, by this country, and scrutinized to the point that stripped them of their humanity. It’s a great honor to be working with brilliant artists like Winter Miller and Margot Bordelon who will make the reclaiming of this narrative resonate in the current world we live in,” says Artistic Director Michel Hausmann, who commissioned the piece.
The award-winning design team features scenic design by Reid Thompson, costume design by Dina El-Aziz, lighting design by Yuki Nakase Link, and sound design & composition by Palmer Hefferan. Casting is by Laura Stanczyk. Emma Iacometta serves as stage manager.
Tickets ($45 -$85) are available for purchase by visiting miaminewdrama.org or by calling (305) 674-1040.
Winner of the 2021 Drama League Award for the innovatively groundbreaking original production of 7 Deadly Sins, Miami New Drama is a bilingual professional theater company committed to the development of new work of primarily BIPOC artists, in conversation with the diverse and extraordinary city of Miami Beach, with a vision of theater as a powerful form of social engagement. Miami New Drama is the managing resident company of the historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. A Wonderful World was the first production of an exciting season that includes three additional world premieres, When Monica Met Hillary, The Cuban Vote, and Papá Cuatro.
Miami New Drama is made possible with the support of the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami Foundation, the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation, and the Knight Foundation. Follow Miami New Drama on Facebook and Instagram.
Kyra Kennedy (Monica Lewinsky) most recently originated the role of Kat Arujo in the World Premiere of Mystic Pizza the musical. She was last in Florida with the First National tour of Waitress.
Danielle Skraastad (Hillary Clinton). Off-Broadway: Paris (Atlantic), Hurricane Diane (NYTW/WP), IHO (Signature/The Public) and The Wake (The Public), The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), Big Times (W.E.T.). Film/TV: Draw Up and Stare, "Succession." MFA NYU.
Mia Matthews (Marcia Lewis). Miami New Drama: 7 Deadly Sins. Off-Broadway credits include Michael McKeever’s After, Henry IV, pts 1 and 2 (The Public),
Mizlansky/Zilinsky (Manhattan Theatre Club). South Florida: Maltz Jupiter Theater, Zoetic Stage, Gablestage, Island City Stage. TV and film: series regular on “Every Witch Way,” Hallmark Channel, Lifetime. Upcoming: Freeform’s “Single Drunk Female.”
Rasha Zamamiri (Huma Abedin). TV credits include: “The Blacklist” as Safiya Maroun, “Leverage: Redemption,” “BlueBloods,” and “Ramy.” Theatre credits include Kiss, The Who & The What, and Aftermath. AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narration of The Unbroken, by C.L Clark.
Winter Miller (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright. Plays include No One Is Forgotten and the opera libretto for No One Is Forgotten, In Darfur, Spare Rib and Animalia Arthropoda. Upcoming children’s book Not a Cat. She wrote for The New York Times.
Margot Bordelon (Director) is a New York-based director who specializes in new work. Off-Broadway credits include: Wives (Playwrights Horizons), Something Clean (Roundabout Underground), Do You Feel Anger? (Vineyard), Eddie and Dave (Atlantic), Plot Points in Our Sexual Development (LCT3), Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Roundabout Underground), The Pen (Premieres NYC), A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm). www.margotbordelon.com
Reid Thompson (Scenic Designer) designs scenery for theater, opera and TV/film. NYC: Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Atlantic, Ma-Yi, Clubbed Thumb. Regional: Denver Center, Actors Theater of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Virginia Stage, Asolo Rep, Yale Rep. TV: “Jigsaw,” “Bridge and Tunnel,” and “And Just Like That.”
Dina El-Aziz (Costume Designer) is a British-Egyptian Costume Designer based in New York. Born and raised in the UK, she moved to Egypt to study Art and Communication and Media Arts at AUC. A graduate of the Design for Stage and Film MFA program at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, Dina has worked on numerous productions in NYC and across the US. Learn more: www.dinae.me
Yuki Nakase Link (Lighting Designer) Previously with Miami New Drama: Seven Deadly Sins, The Cubans, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Queen of Basel. Recent: Our Town (Dallas Theater Center), In A Grove (Pittsburgh Opera). M.F.A.: NYU. https://yukinlink.com/
Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design and Composition) has designed over 75
productions on and Off-Broadway, including Grand Horizons (2ST), The Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54) and the upcoming Broadway revival of The Skin of Our Teeth (LCT). In 2019, she received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design.