The Terrible Legend of
Victoria Woodhull, America's first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872, spent her childhood as a traveling clairvoyant and maintained until her death that she 'consulted with the spirits' and to tell her tale without them would be "as if you were writing Hamlet and decided to leave out his father's ghost."
In this one woman show, a misguided method actress (Ashley Ford) decides to throw out her playwright's script and channel the spirit of Victoria Woodhull in a seance, so we may hear the real story from Victoria herself.
Possessed by the spirit of Victoria, we are guided through her life her rise from childhood poverty and the hardships which led her to become America's first female presidential candidate and finally, her downfall.
The Terrible Legend of Victoria Woodhull received a warm welcome from audiences at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, directed by Karen Louisa Linton, which was recorded for distribution in Virtual Reality on VR Home TV. A last minute addition to United Solo, the world's largest solo theatre festival, in the fall of 2018, it debuted in New York for a one night, sold out engagement on Theatre Row.
as Victoria Woodhull, Susan B. Anthony & Tennessee Claflin
Canadian born actress Ashley Ford has performed across North America. Notable productions include the Broadway National Tour of the Tony award winning, ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS (Annabella/Margaret/Pamela, u/s); Kander & Ebb’s CABARET (Fraulein Kost/Fritzie) and LEND ME A TENOR (Maria Merelli) at Playhouse on Park for which she received two Broadway World CT nominations for Best Featured Actress; Western Canada’s longest running theatre production TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING (Celeste); Favorite New York performance credits include BEFORE GOD WAS INVENTED (Quis Quis) at Theatre for the New City, MAYAN MASK (Joan) at Looking Glass Theatre (Favorite Actress Award - Writers/Director Festival), LOST IN PLACE (Marjorie Moonbeam) which received Best Production at the Planet Connections Festival and David Lindsey-Abaire’s RABBIT HOLE (Izzy) at Davenport Theatre. You can also catch her Motion Capture performance in Skydance Interactive’s acclaimed ARCHANGEL VR video game (Rachel Benson/The Prisoner).
Ashley’s introduction to the International Fringe circuit was at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in BC, Canada in productions of THE WATERMELON GIRLS (The Devil’s Daughter), followed by box office hits TREY PARKER’S CANNIBAL: THE MUSICAL (as Musical Director) and Vancouver Fringe veteran Jacque Lalonde’s THE KENNY ROGER’S EXPERIENCE (Arlene/Dolly Parton).
Ashley is a proud graduate of The Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s Conservatory Program in NYC.
This is Sean’s fourth directing project at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Past productions include ARABIAN NIGHTS by Mary Zimmerman, The World Premiere of PANDORA’S BOX by Matthew Macca, and the World Premiere of KISSED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM CRY by Arlene Hutton which has been published by PLAYSCRIPTS, INC. and hailed as the Best New Work (Broadwayworld CT 2015.)
New York City directing credits include TBG THEATRE, THEATER AT WESTBETH, PLAXALL GALLERY, STAGES ON THE SOUND, THE PRODUCERS CLUB, 5TH LETTER PRODUCTIONS, THE SPENCE SCHOOL.
Sean is also the Artistic Director and founder of the award-winning Connecticut Theatre Company, PLAYHOUSE ON PARK, in which he has produced over 140 productions, including many world premieres. Other recent directing credits include THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, METAMORPHOSES, PASSING STRANGE, HAIR (Broadwayworld & CT Critics Circle award nom,) IN THE HEIGHTS – (Broadwayworld & CT Critics Circle award nom) ANGELS IN AMERICA (Broadwayworld nom) UGLY LIES THE BONE and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.
For over 12 years Sean has been an acting teacher and coach and recently, was inducted as a Fellow of THE ACADEMY OF TEACHERS. In 2012, he was nominated for Teacher of the Year and nominated for the TONY for Excellence in Theatre Teaching. Students have gone on to top conservatory and BFA programs in the country. He is currently on the Theatre Faculty at The Spence School. Sean has a BA in Acting and Directing from DeSales University and an MFA from The New School for Drama/Actors Studio.
THEO SALTER pursued acting for many years before transitioning to being a writer and producer. He received his undergraduate degree History at Bowdoin College, Maine, where he focused on theater, the highlight of which was the central role of Philip K. Dick in Victoria Stewart’s 800 WORDS. After graduation, he moved to New York and worked for Richard Frankel Productions (Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Gypsy, STOMP), and used that experience while he ran two off-off Broadway theater companies before moving to Los Angeles in 2013. While in New York, he also studied, trained and enhanced his appreciation of theater at the Stella Adler Conservatory.
He currently works freelance for the Gersh Agency in their film and television departments, and also does private script consulting for his own company, Nomad Lit. While he is currently working on several scripts for film, he is still devoted to this play about the great historical figure, and unsung heroine of the early feminist movement, Victoria Woodhull.