Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley stars in the one-woman play “The Pink Unicorn” at Holmdel Theatre Jan. 30-31. Photo courtesy Holmdel Theatre Co. Cook is also a producer for “The Pink Unicorn.” Amy E. Jones is director and Tina Scariano is stage manager. Ripley is looking forward to spreading a message of love, hope and understanding with the Holmdel audience. “There’s no doubt thisreally rocks Trisha’s world,”said Ripley. “It blindsides her.I don’t have any kids, but I’mhonored to be chosen as thevoice for this character. WhatTrisha is going through, a lotof people are facing.” “I can’t wait to tell this important and timely story with the brilliant Alice Ripley and this incredible team again,” she said. Arts and entertainment reporter Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ripley won critical acclaim for her performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning show, “Next to Normal,” for which she took home the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also appeared on Broadway in “Side Show” (Tony nomination), “American Psycho,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “The Who’s Tommy” and “Les Miserables.” “The Pink Unicorn” was originally produced in 2013 by DogTown Theatre in Washington, D.C. and has since 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. The show was produced Off-Broadway in 2018 by Out of the Box Theatrics and starred Ripley. HOLMDEL – What does a Christian widow living in a conservative Texas town do when her teenage daughter announces she is gender queer and is starting a chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance in her high school? Tickets for “The Pink Unicorn” are $50 and can be purchased at holmdeltheatrecompany.org or by calling the box office at 732-946-0427. “I took one look at the script and it didn’t take me long to say yes,” she said. Liz Flemming, producing consultant and artistic director for Out of the Box Theatrics, is excited to revisit “The Pink Unicorn” with Ripley at the Holmdel Theatre Company’s Duncan Smith Theater. “It’s OK to make mistakes along the way,” she said. “Nobody’s perfect. But if Trisha has to choose between the church and her daughter, it’s no contest.” By Mary Ann Bourbeau “A lot of people are dealing with this issue and it’s important to feel like you can talk about it,” she said. “It’s a happy ending, but it’s not easy getting there. Hopefully, seeing Trisha going through what she goes through will give the audience courage.” This crisis of gender issues is one that Trisha Lee never saw coming. Tony Award winner Alice Ripley brings Trisha to life in a one-woman play called “The Pink Unicorn,” which will be presented as part of Broadway at the Barn at the Holmdel Theatre Jan. 30 and 31. The story begins as amonologue and turns intoan immersive play in whichTrisha makes a lot of wrongchoices, but also a lot ofright choices, said Ripley. “It really hits people in theheart,” she said. “It’s hardfor a kid to say somethinglike that to their parent. Thishelps people understand thatit’s important to keep talkingabout it, and maybe it willhelp give them an idea of thekind of language to use. Wesee this as an introductionto the conversation. If you’recoming from a place of love,that’s a good place to start.” “We are thrilled to have Alice Ripley back in the Barn,” said Colleen Cook, Holmdel Theatre Company’s executive director. In June 2019, she kickedoff Holmdel Theatre’s“Broadway at the Barn”series with her solo show,“Ripley Prescription,” whichwas recently named BestCabaret Performance in the2019 BroadwayWorld NewJersey Awards. Ripley said the humor inflected in Elise Forier Edie’s script helps Trisha get through this situation and come to a place of understanding and acceptance. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 23, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.
Greenwood was full of Rugby players again last weekend for the Boundary Bash Social 10s Rugby Tournament. This is the second year they have hosted this tournament and this year they were larger by just one team.Organizer and Jewel Lake resident Oliver Glaser said the tournament was a success, particularly in regards to the social aspect.Everyone had fun and the City of Greenwood opened up O’Hairi Park as a campsite for the rugby players, he said.This year’s teams included the East Vancouver Scribes, who technically hosted the event because Glaser still plays on their team, the Trail Colonials, the Grand Forks Wanderers, the Ridge Meadow Bruins (Maple Ridge) and the Nelson Grizzlies.The Grizzlies easily won the tournament because they won all their games and had the most ‘tries’ – goal attempts. There was only one woman’s team, which came from Ridge Meadows. The men’s teams played a few games with them and some of the woman joined the men’s teams and played along with them.“One woman player on the Grizzlies,” said Glaser, noting that she played exceptionally well. “She was fit and toned and ran hard. She ran really good lines.”The Trail Colonials were awarded the most social team and Bryan Louzon was awarded the most social player.Glaser said the games were all really good and that the level of play was strong this year. The players followed the rules and there was no kicking or fighting.Ingram Creek Saddlery donated a custom-made leather ball for the winning team again this year. Glaser said this makes them stand out from other tournaments.“It’s a really special thing,” he said. New to the tournament this year was a kids touch game and a concession stand. They had about 100 people as spectators and everyone seemed to have a good time, said Glaser.The only real complaint was about the noise from the music at the campsite at night. Glaser said he hadn’t considered how much the noise would carry and that he would consider a noise curfew the next year.Glaser is hoping to host the event this year but says it depends on what the numbers look like after they have done their calculations. He is happy if they are just able to break even because it’s all about having fun, but if the host team has lost a lot of money they may not host it again next year.
SANTA ANITA HOSTS BREEDERS’ CUP NOV. 4 & 5CHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR HIRSCHSMITH BACK HOME FOLLOWING BELMONT SCORESECURITY’S MIKE JACOBELLIS RETIRES TODAYDERBY WINNER NYQUIST BREEZES TOMORROW Brandon Boulanger5861510%21%$159,199 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith45158133%53%$1,014,947 Richard Baltas6410121416%56%$477,060 Doug O’Neill10512222111%52%$872,676 Richard Mandella4195722%51%$724,512 Brayan Pena676589%28%$154,340 James Cassidy4574616%38%$427,845 Rafael Bejarano19044423123%62%$2,523,132 Kent Desormeaux61119618%43%$484,775 FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby king Nyquist will work five furlongs at 6:30 tomorrow morning under Mario Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill reported Sunday. A decision on his next race is expected in the next few days . . . Coppa, who remained unbeaten in three starts with her win in Belmont Park’s Grade III Victory Ride at 6 ½ furlongs Saturday under Joe Talamo for Phil D’Amato, is being considered for Saratoga’s Grade I, $500,000 Test Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Aug. 6, the trainer said . . . Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, a candidate for Del Mar’s San Diego Handicap July 23, worked six furlongs in company Sunday for Bob Baffert in 1:13.20 from the gate. Stablemate Vale Dori got 1:13.40 . . .GOOD LUCK TO TRACK ANNOUNCER MICHAEL WRONA, AS HE AND FIANCE’ KATHY KENNEDY WILL MARRY NEXT SUNDAY IN LAKE TAHOE . . . There are mandatory payouts in the Pick Six and Super High Five today. The total Pick Six pool is expected to exceed $500,000. Tiago Pereira11012161711%41%$539,967 CHAMP STELLAR WIND IN ‘EXCELLENT’ DRILLStellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs in company under Victor Espinoza Sunday in 1:14.20 as she prepares for a rematch with three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30.Beholder and Stellar Wind ran one-two in the Grade I Vanity Mile at Santa Anita June 4.John Sadler, who trains Stellar Wind for the Hronis brothers, Kosta and Peter, had Carnival Lights as her workmate. She was clocked in 1:15.80.“It was an excellent work,” Espinoza said of Stellar Wind. “She was brilliant today. Now she’s ready to go. The Vanity got her fit for the next race and even though it’s against Beholder who’s a champ, too, you never know what will happen. Stellar Wind is doing great.”The Vanity was Stellar Wind’s first race since last Oct. 30, when she finished a troubled second by a neck in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland. (Current Through Saturday, July 9) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt7314151119%55%$503,651 MIKE JACOBELLIS TURNS IN BADGE TODAY After serving for 10 years with Santa Anita Security, which was preceded by a 32-year run with LAPD, Mike Jacobellis will retire from The Great Race Place today and be honored in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following the fourth race.A graduate of Alhambra High School, Jacobellis, who is currently an Area Manager overseeing plain-clothed personnel, leaves a legacy of good will with fans, jockeys, horsemen and fellow employees.“We are very fortunate to have had Mike on staff for the past 10 years,” said Santa Anita Chief of Security, Lou Scalera. “Mike gets along with everyone and he’s an outstanding cop. He retired from LAPD as a Detective Sergeant and he pays attention and follows up on things in a very professional manner.“Although he’s leaving us to spend more time with his family, we will have him here for the Breeders’ Cup in November and we hope to have him next year on big days, like the Santa Anita Derby and the Big ‘Cap.“Given the fact that he’s met so many owners, trainers and jockeys over the years, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see him every now again as a fan. It’s hard not to develop a love for this game when you’re so close to everyone involved in it.” Chad Lindsay731381218%45%$315,100 Martin Pedroza831391216%41%$403,100 Flavien Prat15840272325%57%$1,946,640 Edwin Maldonado15627231717%43%$1,094,450 Bob Baffert561612629%61%$862,103 Stewart Elliott979879%25%$395,200 Tyler Baze19631403816%56%$1,573,731 Peter Eurton4796519%43%$500,660 Simon Callaghan3173223%39%$316,965 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato992520925%55%$1,606,938 Mario Gutierrez78916612%40%$695,300 Joseph Talamo13926192019%47%$1,527,073 Alonso Quinonez56610711%41%$266,730 HOME COURSE ADVANTAGE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP?Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World championships for an unprecedented ninth time come Nov. 4 and 5.Whether it can be a home course advantage or not depends on who you talk to. Trainer Ron Ellis, for one, says there is a benefit in not shipping and running on a track just a hundred yards away in your own back yard.“I think it’s similar to a football team that doesn’t have to play on the road,” said Ellis, who hopes to have his crack sprinter, Masochistic, ready for either the Dirt Mile or the Sprint.“While they’re not necessarily creatures of habit, athletes and horses seem more comfortable in familiar surroundings. The home teams don’t have to travel, nor do horses based at Santa Anita, and that can reduce intangibles such as stress, which doesn’t help.”Bob Baffert, whose horses have flown worldwide, says it makes no never mind to him and his stock.“It’s more of an economic advantage than anything,” said the Hall of Fame trainer who has made Santa Anita his base of operations for more than two decades. “You don’t have to spend any extra money shipping because the horses are here.“There might be a horse or two that wouldn’t have shipped well, but otherwise, I don’t think it’s a big deal. If you have good horses, they’ll come through. All my horses ship well. I ship a lot and they’re used to it. My success rate is pretty high.” Martin Garcia811361416%41%$712,434 Peter Miller591015717%54%$485,955 Mike Puype54117620%44%$360,850 John Sadler65971414%46%$750,278 Fernando Perez10113111113%35%$557,713 Jerry Hollendorfer771581519%49%$1,050,183 SMITH RETURNS FOLLOWING SUBURBAN WIN AT BELMONT PARK Mike Smith, who joined fellow Hall of Famer Gary Stevens for a special Beholder/Songbird poster signing prior to Sunday’s races, was still “feeling it” following his big win aboard Effinex in Saturday’s Grade I, mile and a quarter Suburban Handicap yesterday at Belmont Park.“When he puts it all together, he’s a serious horse. He can run with the best of the best,” said Smith of the Jimmy Jerkins trainee who is pointing to an eventual engagement in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. “He can beat ’em when he puts his mind to it; he’s just not always in a stable frame of mind (jokingly).”Yesterday he was on and ran brilliant . . . Belmont’s a funny track. The size of the track, the turns . . . You can pull the trigger way too soon there and it can play tricks on you . . . but I’ve been there since the ’80s, so it helps to know it. I love going, but I love coming back!” Santiago Gonzalez18323253113%43%$1,138,703 Patrick Gallagher2972224%38%$266,100
Second-place trainer Mark Casse (Valadorna) – “She ran great. She had a good trip and was maybe just a little bit late getting out with the soft fractions, but I was proud of her. It was the way I expected her to run. She’s a very good horse. She needed (the education she got in her last race) today.” ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Ciglia Racing, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, Sharon Alesia et al’s Champagne Room ($69.20) blew past early pacesetter Noted and Quoted at the head of the stretch and then held off a late bid from Valadorna by three-quarters of a length to win the 33rd running of the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), the first of nine World Championships races Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park.Trained by Peter Eurton and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Champagne Room covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast track in 1:45.12. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Eurton and second for Gutierrez, who won last year’s Juvenile on Nyquist. CHAMPAGNE ROOM WINS 14 HANDS WINERY BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES Breeders’ Cup World Championships – Saturday, Nov. 5 It was the second victory in five starts for the Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow. Third-place jockey Mike Smith (American Gal) – “We broke real bad and it cost me the race. That’s all it was.” Third-place trainer Bob Baffert (American Gal) – “I thought she ran an incredible race considering how wide she had to go the whole way. She’s shown she can go a distance and what a good horse she is.” Winning trainer Peter Eurton (Champagne Room) – “I wasn’t feeling utterly confident (coming down the stretch). She was actually moving pretty well. She was getting a little tired, but there wasn’t anyone catching her. I’m feeling pretty good right now. This means an awful lot to me.” 14 HANDS WINERY BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES QUOTES Winning jockey Mario Gutierrez (Champagne Room) – “I had a perfect trip. She broke really sharp. I was able to settle behind the speed and when I asked her, she ran with all her heart today.” Second-place jockey Julien Leparoux (Valadorna) – “We had a pretty good trip, but there wasn’t much pace. I had to wait a little bit on the turn and I think the winner got away from us. She ran a big, big race.”