Dear Donald/Dear Hillary (Their Secret Correspondence)
Sally Vahle and Bob Hess
September 9-October 4
Pay What You Can
Dear Donald/Dear Hillary (Their Secret Correspondence) by Elaine Liner
The play takes liberties, for laughs, with the biographies of the famous political rivals. What if they were assigned to be pen pals as second-graders? In their heretofore undiscovered personal letters spanning half a century, right up to November 2020, we see their awkward friendship wax and wane in letters that borrow liberally (not conservatively) from Trump and Clinton’s actual public dialogue. You might be surprised who gets the last word!
The show is unapologetically satirical, comedic, engaging, and cathartic. Further musing about larger ideas around status, male and female power, and the responsibility of how we, as people, might empower certain dynamics to evolve will be likely topics of post-show conversation among those who go on the journey of Dear Donald/Dear Hillary (Their Secret Correspondence).
Available for Streaming – Entire Festival
Sally Vahle, Actress
Bob Hess, Actor
Elaine Liner, Playwright
Donna Marquet, Scenic Designer
Adam Chamberlin, Lighting and Sound Designer
Noah Sargent, Director of Photography & Editor
Appropriate for Ages 13+
Ticket buyers will receive a link to view the show prior to showtime
About the Artists
Sally Nystuen Vahle, Actress:
Sally is a member (12 years) of the 2017 Tony Award-Winning Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company. ). Sally is a 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Award recipient, Co-Founder of Dallas’ Kitchen Dog Theater, and she works extensively in broadcast/voice-over. Sally is proud to serve the University of North Texas Department of Theater as Professor of Acting and Voice.
Bob Hess, Actor:
Bob has appeared in nearly every stage in the Dallas Metroplex over the last 40 years, with over 100 professional productions under his belt and many acting awards to his credit. In addition to his stage work, Bob has extensive credits as an actor in film, television, and voiceover. He serves the University of North Texas as Assistant Professor of Acting.
Elaine Liner, Playwright:
Elaine left a long career as an award-winning arts and media critic in 2013 to become a novelist, playwright, and solo performer. Elaine’s two-act comedy Finishing Schoo, published 2019 by Dramatic Publishing, debuted in 2017 at Elkhart Civic Theatre (IN), winning that year’s NewPlayFest at the American Association of Community Theatres, and has been performed at theaters in Minnesota and Nebraska. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Donna Marquet, Scenic Designer:
Ms. Marquet’s scenic designs have been seen on stages throughout theatres in Dallas Metroplex and the US. Her television credits include Art Department Coordinator and graphic designer for various Nickelodeon shows. Donna is Senior Lecturer in Scenic Design for UNT Theatre.
Adam Chamberlin, Lighting & Sound Designer:
Adam the Director of Production for Amaranth Contemporary Dance, and Resident Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the Latin Ballet of Virginia. His lighting designs for theatre and dance have been seen across the US. Adam is an Associate Professor of Lighting and Sound for UNT Theatre.