Alice Ripley in “The Pink Unicorn”. Photo by Michael Kushner.
Production of the highly anticipated film version of The Pink Unicorn starring Tony-winning Broadway diva Alice Ripley has begun. Queerty managed to catch the first look at Ripley on set.
The Pink Unicorn follows the story of a Texas widow named Trisha whose 14-year-old daughter poses as genderqueer, and the reaction she inspires in her conservative community and church. Playwright Elise Forier Edie based the book on her own experience with a genderqueer girl. Alice Ripley had previously appeared in the one-woman show in three New York productions.
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Director Amy E. Jones will direct the film version of the play. The film marks its behind-the-camera debut after directing and choreographing a number of regional theater productions, including one of The Pink Unicorn. The film version of Jones will retain the one-woman format of the original show: Ripley will be the only actor to appear on screen.
Alice Ripley has become one of Broadway’s most popular ladies thanks to her performances at Sunset Boulevard, The Rocky Horror Show, Side Show and Wretched. In 2009, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Next to Normal.
Filming for the film begins on May 10. A US release date is pending.