THE PINK UNICORN

BY ELISE FORIER EDIE

STARRING LOUISE LAMBERT

DIRECTED BY TREVOR SCHMIDT
STAGE MANAGED BY ANNA DAVIDSON
LIGHTING DESIGN BY ADAM TSUYOSHI TURNBULL
SET DESIGN BY TREVOR SCHMIDT
COSTUME DESIGN BY TREVOR SCHMIDT

"HOW ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH CAN YOU BE BOTH A BOY AND A GIRL?" – TRISHA

"AND SHE'S THE ONLY CHILD I EVER HAD. AND I THOUGHT I KNEW HER. YOU KNOW SOMEONE THEIR WHOLE LIFE YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT GENDER THEY ARE AT LEAST, FOR HEAVENS SAKE." – TRISHA

"NOTHING IN MY LIFE HAD PREPARED ME FOR GENDER QUEER." – TRISHA

PREVIEW: FEBRUARY 19, 2015
OPENING: FEBRUARY 20 CLOSES: FEBRUARY 28
LOCATION: PCL STUDIO, ATB FINANCIAL ARTS BARNS, 10330-84 AVENUE

Jason Craig

NOVELS BY ELISE FORIER EDIE

Nadien Chu

PLAYWRIGHT
ELISE FORIER EDIE

Nadien Chu

LOUISE LAMBERT
AS TRISHA

Nadien Chu

ANNA DAVIDSON
STAGE MANAGER

ELISE FORIER EDIE

Elise Forier Edie is an author of paranormal romance and YA novels, as well as several stories and popular plays with magical and speculative elements. Her paranormal romance "The Devil in Midwinter" was released this April by World Weaver Press.  Elise is a member of the Horror Writers of America, Los Angeles (HWA), the Romance Writers of America, Los Angeles (RWA) and the Authors Guild. She has taught writing and arts classes at Central Washington University, Northland Pioneer College, Fountain Valley School and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. "The Pink Unicorn", has been invited to perform twice in New York City, on Theatre Row as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival, where it won a "Best Storytelling" award, and then again at the Left Out Festival at Stage Left Studio. The script was published by Indie Theater Now early this year.

The Pink Unicorn

FROM ELISE FORIER EDIE

The Pink Unicorn was inspired by actual events that took place in 2011. At that time, I was living in a small, conservative town, Ellensburg, WA. The local Presbyterian minister delivered a sermon (which is recreated in the play, tortured logic and all), wherein he likened supporting the gay community to "being a Nazi." He exhorted his congregation to reject the USA Presbyterian Church's decision to allow openly gay ministers to be ordained, and shortly afterwards they did just that, splitting with national leadership, and forbidding openly gay people from joining the church. This same discussion happened in multiple Presbyterian Churches throughout the country, with the same result.

At the same time, a nearby high school principal rejected an application for the Gay and Straight Alliance (GSA) to be included as a school club. When students protested, he suspended all school clubs and activities. Similar tactics to block the GSA were used by other school districts, throughout the country, around the same time.

I started asking myself, "How do people get to thinking like this? How can I talk to them? What are they afraid of?"

So I wrote a play about the treatment of young LGBTQ citizens in small American towns, from the point of view of a conservative Christian parent. The play is meant to entertain audiences, and to stimulate discussion about gender identity, civil rights, and youth. It attempts to create common ground for conservative and liberal audiences, for parents and youth, to come together and talk about gender identity, homosexuality, equality and social justice.

As to the intermission--yes! Of course! Smush both acts into one. As a performer, I wanted the option to pee and drink some water before I tackled the emotional minefield that is Mama, Junior and Earl's death. Plus, American audiences have horrifically short attention spans. But if your actress and your audiences are up for the whole haul, it certainly works as a long one act. - ELISE FORIER EDIE

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