After her concession speech, Hillary Clinton all but disappeared. Where did she go? How did she cope? What was it like inside her mind? These were the questions that consumed singer/songwriter Rebecca Pronsky in the weeks following Hillary's defeat. Filled with worry for her candidate and devastated from the results of the election, Rebecca found it impossible to move forward or get back to writing music. That is, until Rebecca stumbled onto the idea of answering her own questions in Hillary's voice.
Witness: Hillary’s Song Cycle imagines the inner world of Hillary Clinton after the 2016 election. In Witness, we follow Hillary as she goes for her infamous walks in the woods, wrestles with the voices of her doubters, dances barefoot in her living room, and swears… a lot. The result is a charming and compelling musical monologue of Clinton's life during that mysterious time.
The songs of Witness were originally recorded as a concept album and released on November 8, 2017: the one year anniversary of the 2016 election. To make the record, Rebecca was joined by an all female creative team including musicians Viva DeConcini, Deidre Rodman Struck, Mary Feaster, Heather Wagner, Jackie Coleman, Joelle Lurie, Allison Miller, engineer Kerry Pompeo, and original artwork & design by Megan Piontkowski.
Since its release on CD, Witness has continued to evolve on stage as a dynamic live cabaret show, with newly added songs, costumes, and dialogue. Musical Director and pianist Deidre Rodman Struck is the perfect foil to Rebecca’s Hillary, with the two musicians playing off each other. The result is plenty of improvised moments, both comedic and musical.
TimeOut NY calls Rebecca's songwriting “literate, passionate and wry” and that’s never been more true than on Witness where she channels pain, politics, humor, and feminism into one work. Witness envisions the emotional landscape of one woman coming to terms with a new reality. It also mirrors our own journey as Americans to process Hillary's loss and forge ahead. Witness takes us from disbelief to depression, through rage, into irreverence, and ultimately, to acceptance, and hope.
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A born and raised Brooklynite who has been touring and performing under her own name for 15 years. Rebecca's "brutal, cutting lyricism" (Ithaca Times) and "voice that conveys the wisdom of experience" (NPR) bring us right into Hillary's emotional world. rebeccapronsky.com
Deidre has been a fixture in the NYC music scene for many years. An accomplished jazz pianist and vocalist, Deidre started her musical journey with humble beginnings, playing piano with the Big Apple Circus in New York. Deidre has performed with Debbie Harry, Elvis Costello, Natalie Merchant, and Mike Viola of Candy Butchers fame. Deidre is a member of the renowned group The Lascivious Biddies, a genre-defying all-female quartet which performs originals and standards-to-be.