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 she stumbled onto the idea of answering her own questions in Hillary's voice.
Hillary Clinton's Song Cycle: Witness imagines the inner world of Hillary Clinton after the 2016 election. By turns heartrending and wildly funny, the show follows Hillary’s post-election journey as she abandons, and ultimately regains, hope. Along the way, Hillary goes for walks in the woods, dances barefoot in her living room, commiserates with Kirsten Gillibrand, gets a visit from a Russian troll, and swears like a sailor. The result is a charming and compelling musical monologue of Clinton's life during her mysterious absence.
Originally conceived as a concept album, Witness was only eight songs when it was recorded in the studio by an all female creative team and released on CD on November 8, 2017: the one year anniversary of the 2016 election. Since the album's release, Witness has continued to evolve on stage as a dynamic live cabaret show, performed at music venues and political fundraisers. New songs, costumes, and dialogue have been added and Rebecca is joined on stage by Musical Director and pianist Deidre Rodman Struck. Deidre is the perfect foil to Rebecca’s Hillary, with the two musicians playing effortlessly off each other in a whimsical and irreverent spectacle that is also surprisingly poignant.
This fall, Witness finally comes to the theatre in full as part of Fringe NYC - The NY International Fringe Festival and Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore. Director Irene Carroll joins the show to lend her expertise as a mainstay in the New York comedy scene and the former Artistic Director of Gotham City Improv. Audiences will meet the Hillary Clinton they never knew: sassy, sarcastic and uncensored! Catharsis guaranteed, pantsuit optional.