Illusion Theater Presents THE PINK UNICORN With Kate Guentzel, 4/5-22

This spring, Illusion Theater presents THE PINK UNICORN, a one-woman comedy starring Ivey Award-winning Kate Guentzel (My Ántonia) and directed by Illusion's Michael Robins. On stage April 5-22, The Pink Unicorn will be at Illusion's downtown Minneapolis theater, located on the eighth floor of the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts at 528 Hennepin Avenue.

In this award-winning solo piece, Trisha, a Christian widow must choose sides in her conservative Texas town after her teenage daughter announces she is "gender queer" and starts a chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance at the local high school. With sharp wit and humor, this rich and poetic story explores what it means to be a parent and a community in these changing times.

Inspired by personal events experienced by playwright Elise Forier Edie, the "powerful message of this brilliantly wise and inspiring work" (NY Theater Now) has touched audiences across the United States and Canada. After witnessing gay people being shunned and excluded from a local school and church, Edie explained that she began writing The Pink Unicorn "in an effort to deal with my anger and fear around these incidents. What were these people so afraid of? Why would they twist logic and defy reason and even hurt their own children to keep the harmless LGBTQ community from coming out, and enjoying the rights of every other American? And what could I do about it? How could I change it? How could I make a difference?"

The Pink Unicorn creative team includes Dean Holzman (sets), Barb Portinga (costumes) and Mike Wangan (lighting).

Tickets to The Pink Unicorn are $25-35. The April 5 Preview is $15 and Sunday shows are "Pay-What-You-Want." Group discounts are available for 10 or more people. Tickets are available at the Illusion Theater Box Office at 612-339-4944 or online at www.illusiontheater.org.

Performance ScheduleThursday, April 5 7:30pm - PreviewFriday, April 6 7:30pm - OpeningSaturday, April 7 1:00 p.m. and 7:30pmThursday, April 12 7:30pmFriday, April 13 7:30pmSaturday, April 14 7:30pmSunday, April 15 2:00pmWednesday, April 18 10:00am - Morning MatineeThursday, April 19 7:30pmFriday, April 20 7:30pmSaturday, April 21 7:30pm - Closing

Since the Illusion Theater's beginning in 1974, Producing Directors Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have used the power of theater to catalyze personal and social change, illuminating the illusions, myths, and realities of our times. In 43 years, Illusion has generated over 500 plays, developed thousands of artists and created ground-breaking educational works. Plays developed at Illusion have been produced in theaters throughout the world. Illusion's work has catalyzed conversations in living rooms, kitchens, coffee houses, schools and board rooms, and has led to transformations in policy, in organizations and in individuals.

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