Playwright Compares Trump’s Daughter to Medea in New Play Ivanka

News   Playwright Compares Trump’s Daughter to Medea in New Play Ivanka
Bad Jews author Joshua Harmon put the new work together this fall in response to the presidential campaign.
Joshua Harmon
Joshua Harmon

Joshua Harmon's Ivanka, a reimagining of the Greek tragedy Medea inspired by the daughter of presidential candidate Donald Trump, will get four readings in cities across the U.S. the night before the election.

The November 7 readings will take place at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., SpeakEasy Stage in Boston, and Actor’s Express in Atlanta.

In an interview with American Theatre magazine, playwright Harmon (Bad Jews) said, “This election feels kind of Greek, so I reached for Medea and got to work.... I’m not an activist and I’m not usually overtly political, but in my small way I wanted to have this act of civil disobedience.”

Called Ivanka Drumpf in the play, the character ”has had enough of her father and feels betrayed by her husband Jared, who has become a sort of mouthpiece for the presidential nominee.” The satire takes a Euripidean turn when she kills her own children to “save them from their fate as Drumpfs.”

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