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Hillary Agonistes

Nick Salamone
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Part Greek tragedy, part blackest comedy, HILLARY AGONISTES presents the cautionary tale of Hillary Clinton, newly elected President of the United States. One bright spring day 65 million people disappear — First Husband Bill among them. Is it the rapture? Pat Robertson, Stephen Hawking, a Papal emissary, the Antichrist, and a Muslim convert named Chelsea offer their opinions as Hillary agonizes and attempts to avert Armageddon.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (3 female, 1 male)
Full Length Drama (about 75 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“… The character onstage may be Hillary Rodham Clinton, but it is a Hillary that America is only starting to imagine: President Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Oval Office in the spring of 2009. And in Nick Salamone’s play HILLARY AGONISTES she is wrestling with a crisis of biblical proportions: the sudden disappearance of sixty-five million people worldwide (including her own husband) … it is also the latest provocative entry in the Hillary Canon, the continuing mapping of Mrs Clinton across the cultural landscape … In HILLARY AGONISTES … Mr Salamone treats his fantastical subject matter with serious purpose, and he often gets Mrs Clinton eerily right …” —Patrick Healy, New York Times

“Nick Salamone is a very talented man who has written what must surely be one of the best, full-scale new plays in Edinburgh this year … HILLARY AGONISTES is a well-constructed satire that deserves to have a life after Edinburgh …” —Philip Fisher, The British Theatre Guide

About the Author


  • Nick Salamone

    Nick Salamone was born and raised in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, where he attended Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Tufts University in Massachusetts with degrees in Drama and in American Literature. In New York City, he studied at HB Studios and worked as an actor performing in over 40 Off-Broadway plays, including the New York premieres of NIGHTSHIFT, A R Gurney's THE OPENING MEETING, THE BRANNOCK DEVICE, and LORCA — A SHADOW OF CYPRESS and revivals of WE BOMBED IN NEW HAVEN, THE SEAGULL, DESIGN FOR LIVING, and KENNEDY'S CHILDREN. He has also done bit part in soaps and moves. Nick is the author of six produced plays. His first play, ANOTHER HOUSE ON MERCY STREET, won an LA Weekly Theater Critics Award when it was first produced in Los Angeles. MERCY STREET was made into an independent feature film, winning two major awards at the Atlantic City Film Festival. His next play, ALL SOULS' DAY, received a tenth anniversary revival at LA's Playwrights Arena. His plays RIFFS & CREDOS and WHALEWATCHERS have been produced both in the United States and abroad. Those two play, when produced with ALL SOULS' DAY, become the ALL SOULS' TRILOGY. ALL SOULS' TRILOGY received a Maddy Award for excellence in playwriting during 2000 and was described in the "Best of 2000" issue of After Dark Magazine as "a triumph and a masterpiece." RIFFS & CREDOS, Nick's ninety-minute chronicle of the deathbed fantasies of a Catholic priest dying of AIDS, has been described in Night Life magazine "as one of the finest plays of the last 25 years." His two-character play, RED HAT & TALES, played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and received a Backstage West Garland Nomination. Nick's musical play MOSCOW, with music by Maury R McIntyre, has been performed around the United States and at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in Scotland. Nick is also a published poet.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/16/2008
Pages 56
ISBN 9780881453805

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Originally produced by Playwrights' Arena

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Hillary Agonistes is produced
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