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Melissa Rauch and Zosia Mamet are teaming up to play America’s first daughters.
The actresses of The Big Bang Theory and Girls, respectively, will hit the stage as Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump in The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka, a piece of political satire that explores the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election through the titular daughters’ unlikely friendship and clashing perspectives.
All proceed from the one-night-only performance, set to take place July 24 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, will benefit Planned Parenthood. Carolyn Cantor (Sell Buy Date) will direct from a script by Melissa and Winston Rauch, who previously teamed for the stage satire The Miss Education of Jenna Bush and the feature film The Bronze.
“We were moved when Meryl Streep reminded us of Carrie Fisher’s beautiful advice to, ‘Take your broken heart and make it into art,’ and this is our humble attempt to do so,” said the married co-writers in a statement. “The idea for this play was sparked by a fascination over the reported friendship between Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump. We felt this provided a perfect filter through which we could fictionally explore the epic roller-coaster that led up to the election last November and a comedic requiem for the dream that so many of us held during that time.”
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