A staged reading of “The Secret Lunches of Chelsea and Ivanka” is coming to Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre in New York City on Monday, July 24.
Starring Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Zosia Mamet (“Girls”), the work is a “modern day presidential satire” that explores the events leading up to the 2016 election through the unlikely friendship and clashing perspectives of two American First Daughters.
Written by Melissa and Winston Rauch and directed by Carolyn Cantor (“Sell Buy Date”), all proceeds from the staged reading will benefit Planned Parenthood.
The creators said in a statement: “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. 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.”
In an interview with 20/20, which aired earlier this year, Ivanka Trump called Chelsea Clinton a “very good friend.”
“She’s been a friend of mine long before the campaign, of course will be a friend of mine after,” she told ABC News’ Doris Roberts. “I haven’t spoken about the specific challenges about this next chapter with her just yet but I intend to.”
Rauch is best known for her portrayal of the role of Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory. Mamet is best known for her work in the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning HBO series Girls.
We’re not sure who is playing who, but our bet is Mamet will be Clinton.