Comedy/ 10 Characters, 5 Women plus female chorus, 5 men/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: A raucous, inventive comedy based on the true story of Victoria Woodhull, America’s first presidential candidate, and her equally spirited and sexually adventurous sister, Tennessee.
As they make their way from 1840s Ohio to the upper-crust of post-WWI England, they pass through various high offices and houses of ill-repute. All the while they are advised by the ancient Greek sage Demosthenes, who assures Victoria she is “marked for special favor by the gods and goddesses,” and cheered on by a chorus of well-wishers, “Victoria’s Army.”
It turns out that Demosthenes is right, and while Victoria doesn’t become President, she does emerge as an unforgettable feminist heroine for her time, and ours.
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Irving Stanton Elman
2107 Ocean Avenue #415
Santa Monica, CA 90405
About the Playwright:
Irving Elman’s career spans the dramatic arts, from Broadway playwright to Hollywood producer, his credits encompassing:
As playwright: 3 plays produced on Broadway (The Brass Ring, Uncle Willie, The First Million); plus 4 plays produced off-Broadway and elsewhere around the world (Mondo Loco, Victoria Forever!, Three Kisses, Strangers and Lovers); 1 musical (Tevye’s Daughters) sold to Rodgers and Hammerstein, and then to Michael Todd; and co-author of book for musical (Strip for Action).
As screenwriter: 8 major studio produced movies (Backlash, Strange Journey, The Crimson Key, Challenge, Roses are Red, Thirteen Lead Soldiers,Jewels of Brandenburg, Accomplice).
As television writer: over 2,000 network produced teleplays (ranging over the spectrum from Hallmark Hall of Fame and Alfred Hitchcock Presentsto head writer of General Hospital).
As producer: 5 television series (Ben Casey, High Chaparral, Slattery’s People, Eleventh Hour, Matt Lincoln) and 2 television movies (The Cliffdwellers, Roaring Camp).
As “how-to” book author: So You Want to be a Scriptwriter . . . and Make a Million Dollars.
As award winner: 1 Pulitzer Prize Play nomination, 2 Emmy nominations, 1 Golden Globe, the Alexander Graham Bell Award.
As educator: 14 years teaching film, television and theatre writing at Santa Monica College.
And a book of memoirs in progress: Abe Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog.
Victoria Victorious was first produced in a workshop staging by The Playwrights Group at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Center, Hollywood, California.