World Premiere


April 1 – May 1, 2016

by Lucas Hnath
directed by Chay Yew

“[Hnath is] one of the BRIGHTEST new voices of his generation…a wonderfully inventive theatrical mind.”
-The New York Times

Imagine that in an alternate universe, very much like our own, is another world where a woman named Hillary is trying to become president of a country called the United States of America. In a hotel room in New Hampshire in 2008, Hillary is poised to lose her last Primary Election. When her husband Bill arrives in the middle of the night to offer support, he turns the campaign upside down. Fresh from the IGNITION Festival of New Plays, Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton is a fast-paced, no-holds-barred glimpse into a political storm of another world. Chay Yew directs Hnath’s 2008 Primary Election fantasy, exploring the extraordinary sacrifices one is willing to make in order to gain ultimate power.


lucas-headshot Lucas Hnath (Playwright)
Plays include Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop; Studio Theatre); The Christians (Playwrights Horizons; Humana Festival), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); nightnight (Humana Festival); Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Death Tax (Humana Festival; Royal Court Theatre). Hnath’s work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2016 Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, a Whitfield Cook Award and two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations. He is also a recipient of commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and the Royal Court Theatre.
chay-headshot Chay Yew (Director)
Chay is the Artistic Director at Victory Gardens Theater. Chay joined Victory Gardens in July 2011. For Victory Gardens, he has directed Death and the MaidenAn Issue of Blood, The Gospel of LovingkindnessMojada, Oedipus el Rey, and Universes’ Ameriville. His other Chicago credits include Dartmoor Prison and Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men at the Goodman and Po Boy Tango at Northlight Theatre.  Chay is a recipient of the Obie Award and DramaLogue Award for Direction. As a playwright, his plays include Porcelain, A Language of Their Own, Red, A Beautiful Country, Wonderland, Question 27 Question 28, A Distant Shore, 17, and Visible Cities. His plays have been produced at the Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage, amongst many others. He is also the recipient of the London Fringe Award for Best Playwright and Best Play, George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award, GLAAD Media Award, Made in America Award, AEA/SAG/AFTRA Diversity Honor, and Robert Chesley Award. He was the founding director of the Taper’s Asian Theatre Workshop and producer of Taper, Too. Chay is also an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ Cultural Advisory Council.
john John Apicella (Bill)
John Apicella makes his Chicago theater debut in Hillary and Clinton. His regional credits include Sex Parasite, The History Boys, Largo Desolato, Temptation, and The Wood Demon (Center Theatre Group, L.A.); The Imaginary Invalid, Glengarry Glen Ross, The First Picture Show (A.C.T., San Francisco); Durango (East/West Players); 36 Views (Laguna Playhouse); Archy & Mehitabel (The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard); A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center); The Curse of Oedipus, You Can’t Take It With You, Mother Courage and Her Children, Chekhov X 4, The Man Who Had All The Luck, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience (The Antaeus Company, L.A.). He is a founding member and a past artistic director of Antaeus. His TV and Film credits include “Bones,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “NYPD Blue,” “Seinfeld,” “The X-Files,” “Twin Peaks,” Just One Of The Guys, Point Break, Safe, High Crimes, and the upcoming Diani and Devine Meet The Apocalypse.
cheryl Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Hillary)
Cheryl Lynn Bruce returns to Victory Gardens where she appeared in The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Eurydice, Snow Queen, Voice of Good Hope, Eden.  She has been seen on Broadway in The Grapes of Wrath and Off-Broadway in From The Mississippi Delta (Circle-in-the-Square). Her Regional credits include The Convert (McCarter, Kirk Douglas); Nomathemba, Death and the King’s Horseman (Kennedy Center); Gem of the Ocean (Ensemble Theatre); The Grapes of Wrath (La Jolla Playhouse, National Theatre-UK): The Harriet Jacobs, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Kansas City Rep); The Story (Milwaukee Rep); From The Mississippi Delta (Northlight, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Old Globe). Chicago:The Grapes of Wrath, The Compass, Head of Passes, Intimate Apparel, Everyman, Nomathemba (Steppenwolf); The Convert, Death and the King’s Horseman,Seneca’sTrojan Women, Cry, the Beloved Country (Goodman); RACE, The Great Fire (Lookingglass Theatre); Flyin’ West (Court).  Her Film and TV credits include The Fugitive, Music Box, Daughters of the Dust, “Separate But Equal,” “There Are No Children Here,” “To Sir With Love, Part 2.”
keith Keith Kupferer (Mark)
Keith Kupferer has previously appeared at Victory Gardens Theater in Never the Sinner and Appropriate. His Chicago credits include The QualmsGood People, Middletown, South of Settling, Of Mice & Men, Carter’s WayMen of Tortuga, Things Being What They AreJesus Hopped The A TrainTavern Story (Steppenwolf); The Humans (American Theatre Company); God of CarnageHigh HolidaysPassion PlayThe Old Neighborhood (Goodman Theatre); Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); End Days (Windy City Playhouse); Execution of Justice (About Face Theatre); Cat FeetThe Old Neighborhood (Northlight); Desire Under the Elms, (Philadelphia’s Freedom Theatre/ Court); How the World BeganAmerican Wee-Pie (Rivendell Theatre); The UnseenThe MeekCanus Lunis BalloonisThe Physicists (A Red Orchid); Big Lake, Big City, Trust and Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass Theatre); Shear Madness. TV/Film: “Better Call Saul,” “Betrayal,” “Crisis,” “Chicago Fire,” “Detroit 187,” “The Beast,” “Prison Break,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” “Early Edition,” The DilemmaThe Dark KnightPublic EnemiesThe ExpressStranger Than Fiction, Road to PerditionFinding SantaFred Klaus, The Last Rights of Joe May, The Merry Gentleman and the soon to be released Resurrecting McGinn(s) and Open Tables.
juan Juan Francisco Villa (Other Guy)
Victory Gardens Theater: Mojada. Off-Broadway: Empanada for a Dream (The Duke, terraNOVA Collective, Ballybeg), The Play About My Dad (Collaboration Town, 59E59); Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines) Dreams of Home (Monarch); One Night in The Valley (INTAR). Regional: Empanada for a Dream (LATC); Kissing Che (Celebration Theatre). Chicago: 2666, El Grito del Bronx, Massacre: Sing to Your Children (Goodman Theatre); Our Lady of 121st St, The Fall to Earth (Steppenwolf); Empanada for a Dream, Elliot: A Soldiers Fugue, Tamer of Horses (Teatro Vista); Gun Show, Empanada for a Dream (16th St. Theater); Take Me Out (About Face Theatre); Coast of Chicago (Walkabout). TV/Film: “Chicago PD,” “Betrayal,” One Night Stand, The Tank (2017), Lac de Flambeau, Q, Under Covers, White Alligator, East Willy B, Gemini Rising, Audition for Death.

Set Design: William Boles
Costume Design: Janice Pytel
Lighting Design: Keith Parham
Sound Design: Rick Sims
Props Master: Aimee Plant
Assistant Director: Kevin Matthew Reyes
Dramaturg: Issac Gomez
Production Stage Manager: Jinni Pike

Public Programs is an event series designed to enhance your experience by exploring themes and issues in Victory Gardens’ plays. Connecting our theater to the world beyond the stage and rehearsal room, Public Programs bridge ideas, provoke dialogue, and deepen the relationship between our audiences and our productions.


Post-­Show Conversation
After every performance of HILLARY AND CLINTON (unless otherwise noted)


March 24 | Thursday| 7:00 p.m.



April 7 | Thursday | 6:30 p.m.
Free Pre­-Show Stand-­up Comedy


April 13 | Wednesday | 6:30 p.m.
Pre-­Show Spoken Word Performance



April 14 | Thursday | 6:30 p.m.
Free Post-­Show Performance


April 20 | Wednesday | 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Show Celebration | Post­-Show Panel Conversation


April 22 | Friday | 7:30 p.m.
Post-­Show Town Hall


April 23 | Saturday | 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Show Celebration | Post­-Show Panel Conversation



April 26 | Tuesday | 9:00 p.m.
Town Hall Conversation



April 27 | Wednesday | 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Show Celebration | Post­-Show Panel Conversation


April 30 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Post-­Show Panel Conversation

“Hillary & Clinton (pristinely directed by Chay Yew) at Victory Gardens takes us to another world”
-Stage and Candor

“Audacious. Whip-smart. Highly Entertaining.
You should go.”

—Chicago Tribune

“Thought-provoking for current supporters of any (or no) candidate.”
—Time Out Chicago

“An Intriguing, Timely Portrait of Life in the Public Eye.”
—BroadwayWorld Chicago

“90 Minutes of Pure Escapism.”
—Around the Town Chicago

“Out-Of-This-World Funny.
Allow[s] viewers to come up with their own opinions on what the truth could be.”

—Windy City Times

“In HILLARY AND CLINTON, Mr. Hnath presents a fictionalized drama about Hillary Clinton’s initial bid for the presidency… with intelligence and care.”
The New York Times

“Does love even exist without an ulterior motive?” Lucas Hnath touches on the politics of love and talks about his play HILLARY AND CLINTON. Read the article here.

VG Literary Manager Isaac Gomez talks ‘Color-Conscious’ Casting: Putting Diversity in the Spotlight. Watch the video here.


Victory Gardens’ Artistic Programs Manager Monty Cole talks about HILLARY AND CLINTON casting and how the landscape of Chicago theater casting is changing.

John Apicella (Bill) and Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Hillary)

Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Hillary) and John Apicella (Bill)

Juan Francisco Villa (Other Guy) and Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Hillary)

Director Chay Yew and Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Hillary)

Keith Kupferer (Mark), Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Hillary), and Director Chay Yew

Playwright Lucas Hnath and Director Chay Yew