Can experiencing what the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates said and how they said it through gender-reversed characters, cause us to revisit our own biases and develop insights from different perspectives?
Her Opponent used verbatim documentary theatre techniques to re-create excerpts of the three 2016 presidential debates. An actor performed the text, gestures, and movements of Hillary Clinton, but as a male Democratic candidate named Jonathan Gordon and an actress performed the text, gestures, and movements of Donald Trump, but as a female Republican candidate named Brenda King. A third actor played the role of The Moderator from each of the three debates.
The project's 2017 Off Broadway run at the Jerry Orbach Theater in Times Square garnered a nomination for Best Unique Theatre Experience from New York City's Off Broadway Alliance. The experience included an opportunity for audiences to share their thoughts and impressions in a facilitated discussion that immediately followed each performance.
A full archival performance video is available by clicking here.
C R E D I T S:
Maria Guadalupe & Joe Salvatore (co-creators), Márion Talán (costumes), Troy Beard (hair). Performers: Daryl Embry, Rachel Tuggle Whorton, and Andy Wagner. Photography by Richard Termine