Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) has announced that Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley will reprise her groundbreaking role of Trisha Lee in their upcoming production of Elise Forier Edie’s The Pink Unicorn, set to run at The Duncan Smith Theater January 30, 2020, and January 31, 2020, with Director Amy E. Jones at the helm. Tickets are on sale now.

Trisha Lee is a Christian widow living in a conservative Texas town. Her life is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene announces she is “genderqueer” and starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. In The Pink Unicorn, Trisha recounts her story about facing a crisis she never saw coming, at a time when transgender people and gender issues weren't even on her radar.

Praised as “profound” by The New Yorker and “[a] real treat” by The New York TimesThe Pink Unicorn is a timely, glowing story of courageous activism and acceptance that needs to be told, now more than ever. “Alice Ripley is simultaneously radiant and real”, Theatre Is Easy raves of Alice Ripley’s performance in what Gay City Newsrefers to as “an extraordinary, spellbinding solo show”. The Pink Unicorn was originally produced in Washington, D.C. by DogTown Theatre in 2013 and has been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including a run at United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, where Elise Forier Edie won “Best Storyteller.”

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“I am so excited to revisit The Pink Unicorn with Holmdel Theatre Company”, remarked Producing Consultant and Out of the Box Theatrics’ Artistic Director Liz Flemming, adding, “I can’t wait to tell this important and timely story with the brilliant Alice Ripley and this incredible team again.”

“We’re thrilled to have Alice Ripley back in the Barn,” said HTC Executive Director Colleen Cook, who is also on board as a Producer of The Pink Unicorn. Ripley is returning to HTC for the first time since kicking off their Broadway at the Barn series at her sold-out solo cabaret performance on June 20, 2019. 

Alice Ripley won critical acclaim for her standout performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, the role for which she took home the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

The creative team for The Pink Unicorn includes stage manager Tina Scariano

The Pink Unicorn with Alice Ripley was produced Off-Broadway in April 2018 with Out of the Box Theatrics and was later produced and developed for an extended run in collaboration with Nancy Manocherian’s, the cell (Artistic Director - Kira Simring). 

Tickets for The Pink Unicorn are $50 and can be purchased at www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org or by calling the Box Office at 732-946-0427

For more information on The Pink Unicorn, visit www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org/pink-unicorn

ABOUT HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY

Holmdel Theatre Company at the Duncan Smith Theater (HTC) is a non-profit, semi-professional theatre company dedicated to presenting fresh interpretations of classic plays as well as rarely presented modern dramas and comedies. HTC is dedicated to providing opportunities for students and non-professionals to work with professional theatre artists in a collaborative, artistic and educational exchange. Making this sophisticated informality possible is The Duncan Smith Theater. Congenial and warm, this historic, 125-year-old barn has been transformed into a modern black box theatre, making a fully accessible space for actors and patrons to enjoy incredible theatre and connect with the performing artists.

ABOUT OUT OF THE BOX THEATRICS

Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) is dedicated to producing new and classic works immersively in site-specific locations performed by a diverse company of actors hired regardless of gender, race, creed, ethnicity, or disability. OOTB challenges audiences to experience work outside of their expectations and strives to diversify American theater by providing an inclusive and accessible platform for artists and patrons. Ootb was founded in 2016 by Producing Artistic Director Liz Flemming.

BIOS 

Alice Ripley won critical acclaim and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. Alice also received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her work in Next to Normal Off-Broadway (Second Stage) and a Helen Hayes Award for the production at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Ms. Ripley received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her work as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in the cult hit Side Show. On Broadway, Alice also created the roles of Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Molly Ivors in the Tony Award-winning musical play James Joyce's The Dead, Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard, the Specialist's Assistant in The Who's Tommy, and Bathsheba in King David, as well as having a long stay at the Imperial Theatre as Fantine in Les Miserables.

Elise Forier Edie is an award-winning author and playwright based in Los Angeles. Her scripts have been produced all over North America, from New York to Los Angeles, and in far-flung places like Jonesboro, Arkansas and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. You can find out more about her work by visiting her website eliseforieredie.com

Amy E. Jones most recently directed/choreographed The Color Purple at Riverside Center for the Arts, Mamma Mia at Flat Rock Playhouse and directed/musical directed Always…Patsy Cline at Virginia Stage. Amy has provided choreography for Broadway Backwards 8 and 9 at the Hirschfeld Theatre and Palace Theatre (Broadway), served as the musical director for Texas In Paris at the York Theatre in NYC (Audelco Award nomination for Best Musical Direction), and directed/musical directed Ring of Fire at Infinity Theatre, Virginia Stage and Barter Theatre. Amy has also acted as dramaturg for the new musicals Alice, Warsaw, and Junk: A Rock Opera. She is a member of AEA and SDC.

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