Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright ("Mama I Want to Sing"), the new play explores the first presidential ticket to feature an African-American and a white woman. Johnson Jr. (Two Gentlemen of Verona, "Total Recall") will portray Frederick Douglass opposite LaVecchia as Victoria Woodhull (Kimberly Akimbo, String of Pearls).
The cast also features Devin E. Haqq (Strange Weather), Edward James Hyland (Festen), Kate MacCluggage (The Farnsworth Invention), Brenda Pressley (The American Plan), Ariel Shafir (A Life in the Theater) and Liza Vann (Machiavelli).
"Before there was Barack Obama, there was Frederick Douglass; and before there was Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, there was Victoria Woodhull and Susan B. Anthony. A little known fact in American history is that in 1872, Victoria Woodhull, the first female stockbroker, ran for President of the United States and chose former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass as her Vice-Presidential nominee. Victoria & Frederick for President is the untold story of a campaign and moment in American History that has taken 137 years to come again," according to press notes.
The multimedia production will feature music by five-time Grammy Award winner Roy Wilfred Wooten.
A commission by the Create Carolina Arts Festival and Winthrop University, the play is presented by Adrian Grenier ("Entourage"), MOSON Productions and the Create Carolina Arts Festival. Victoria & Frederick for President will run through Aug. 22. For tickets and further information phone (212) 279-4488 or visit FringeNYC. The New School for Drama is located at 151 Bank Street.