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Video: Hillary Clinton Play Described As Laugh-Filled, Thought-Provoking and Free

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Video by Marissa Divine and Erin Kelly

Story by Erin Kelly

Hillary Clinton hasn’t been the star everyone expected in the primaries, but she’s center stage in one Loyola production.

Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A (Somewhat) Happy Ending, by Wendy Weiner, centers around Hillary. Hillary angers Aphrodite, the greek goddess of love, by devoting herself to Athena, the greek goddess of war and wisdom. Aphrodite then forces Hillary to fall in love with Bill Clinton.

Despite the comedic elements, the audience watches as college-aged Hillary wrestles with several serious topics.

“I’m excited to explore not just the public figure image of Hillary but her as a person and a real human,” said Meghan Maddigan, who plays Hillary.

Throughout the play, Hillary struggles to see herself as both a beautiful and intelligent woman. Maddigan said this is a common problem for women, who often end up believing they are either beautiful or intelligent and cannot be both.

This notion and its relation to feminism is one reason student Director Melissa Hubbert said she wanted to produce the play.

Also, she wanted to create a Loyola adaptation because she’s interested in politics and the sacrifices that are made when entering the political sphere.

The student-produced show will be performed Feb. 29 and March 1 in the Newhart Family Theatre. Admission is free and doors open at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Erin Kelly is the Closer Look editor. She is a senior journalism student at Loyola University Chicago, originally from Lake Villa, IL. A former Better Government Association intern, Erin enjoys working on in-depth stories.

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