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LIU Post Alumna Lands a Principle Role in Play About 'First Feminist'

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WoodhullLIU Post alumna Lisa Rozza-Haft ’82, B.A. in Psychology/Journalism, M.S. in Special Education, has a leading role in Victoria Woodhull: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Feminist, a new play about the first woman to run for president, opening this month at The Playhouse at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Northport, N.Y.

Rozza-Haft plays Tennie Claflin, Victoria Claflin Woodhull’s sister. Written by Claude Solnik, directed by Robert Previto and starring Vivian Wyrick, the show tells the story of Victoria Woodhull, the first female stockbroker, one of the first women to testify before Congress and the first to run for U.S. president in 1872 before women in this country had the right to vote.

Rozza-Haft, who teaches fourth grade at P.S. 63 Queens, and is a member of Bare Bones Theater, most recently starred as Katie in Bare Bones’ New York City premiere of Frederick Stroppel’s Hunter’s Moon. In addition to her studies at LIU Post, she has studied the Meisner technique with Jim Bonney, improv at Magnet Theater and monologue at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

"Victoria Woodhull and her sister Tennie were a team," Solnik said of the duo, who are at the core of the show. "They worked together, creating a publication that was groundbreaking at its time. Vivian Wyrick and Lisa Rozza-Haft do a great job, bringing them both back to life."

Rozza-Haft recreates Tennessee or "Tennie" Claflin as the sisters and their father Buck go from new arrivals in New York to Wall Street and a campaign in which Victoria Woodhull runs for president.

"The first female Wall Street brokers are never a part of the women's history conversation," Rozza-Haft said. "This show helps us bring these strong women to life and light."

Victoria Woodhull: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Feminist is being presented March 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.; March 16 at 2 p.m.; March 22 at 8 p.m.; and March 23 at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 270 Main St., Northport, N.Y. Tickets are available for $15 and $12 for students, seniors, and groups of five. To purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/511789. For more information, call 516-404-2960.

Posted 03/11/2014

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