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The Pink Unicorn visits Didi’s Playhaus to explore parenthood and LGTBQ issues

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Local actor Ashley Thomson takes a third shot at Elise Forier Edie’s 2011 one woman show “The Pink Unicorn,” Nov. 15 ad 16 at Didi’s Playhaus for a special Theatre Outré presentation.Ashley Thomson brings the Pink Unicorn to Didi’s Playhaus this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 “Jay Whitehead was gracious enough to offer me the chance  to  perform at Didi’s Playhaus,” said Thomson, who performed the play during  Pride fest, June 9 and in September at the Allied arts Council SOAR cabarets.

“ It is about a really conservative Texan mother in a small town  and her daughter, Tricia, who comes out as  LGTBQ and sets up a gay-straight alliance in her school, which is blocked. So her mother supports her as she tries to make the gay straight alliance a reality,” said Thomson, noting she plays several different characters including the mother, the daughter Tricia, her friend, her grandmother, the bigoted school principal and several others.

“ It is a lot of fun to play a lot of different characters. it is really conversational,” she said.


“There is a real fight and a struggle to accept her daughter. But by the end of the play there is deep love and acceptance. And it is  something we can all relate to because we all know people like this,” she said.

“ It’s a wonderfully written play and really heartfelt,” Thomson continued, adding it is sure to make an audience look at LGBTQ issues a little differently.

“It gives a different perspective on how parents can struggle with their children. But it comes from a place of love,” she said.
The Pink Unicorn runs at Didi’s Playhaus at 8 p.m., Nov. 15 and 16. Tickets are $20.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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