Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley to perform at Pacific Lutheran University

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The School of Arts and Communication at Pacific Lutheran University is thrilled to announce that Tony Award-winning actor Alice Ripley will visit the campus in Tacoma on Saturday, Feb. 15 for a live performance as part of the Focus on Broadway series. 

The public is invited to PLU’s campus as Ripley performs a medley of songs from her songbook and shares anecdotes and wisdom gained throughout her fruitful career. The first portion of the evening will be an interview between Ripley and Louis Hobson, a 2000 PLU Theatre alum, School of Arts and Communication Advisory Board member and event producer and host.

“I am so excited to bring my good friend and ‘Next to Normal’ cast mate Alice Ripley to PLU,” Hobson said. “As a theatre graduate and alumni of PLU myself, I understand the value of giving theater students the opportunity to learn from skilled professionals who are thriving in the field. I can’t imagine a better opportunity than to work alongside Alice, see a master at work, and to hear directly from a Tony winner.” 

The performance will take place in Eastvold Auditorium in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10-17 and free for PLU students. Dean of the School of Arts and Communication Dr. Cameron Bennett stated, “Our campus is delighted to welcome recognized actor, singer, musician and Broadway talent Alice Ripley. PLU and the School of Arts and Communication prioritize creating meaningful and inspiring experiences for students in a variety of artistic endeavors. We are proud to have Ms. Ripley perform on our stage.” 

Ripley earned critical acclaim and won the Best Actress in a Musical Tony and Helen Hayes awards for her work as Diana in the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera, “Next to Normal.” Ripley received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her work as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in the cult hit, “Side Show.” As part of the original Broadway casts, Ripley created the roles of Mrs. Bateman/Mrs. Wolfe in “American Psycho,” Janet in ‘The Rocky Horror Show,” Molly Ivors in James Joyce’s “The Dead,” Bathsheba in ‘King David,” Betty Schaefer in the original Broadway “Sunset Boulevard,” and the Specialist’s Assistant in The Who’s “Tommy.” Ripley also had a long stay at the Imperial Theatre as Fantine in the original “Les Misérables.” 

Ripley has just finished starring in the one-woman off-Broadway play “Pink Unicorn” with Out of the Box Theatrics. Most recently, Ripley returned to “Sunset Boulevard,” starring as Norma Desmond at North Shore Music Theatre. 

Ripley can be seen playing Kathleen, Sophia’s mother, on the 2017 Netflix half-hour comedy, “#GIRLBOSS.” Other television work includes “Blue Bloods,” “Royal Pains,” “30 Rock,” and “Hee Haw.” She most recently filmed “2nd Civil War,” which premiered this year at the TriBeCa film festival. 

Ripley stars in the award-winning indie musical movie, “Sugar!,” which played the 2016 festival circuit and recently gained distribution. Other film work includes “Bear with Us,” “The Way I Remember It” (starring Christine Ebersole), “Muckland,” “Sing Along,” “Isn’t It Delicious” and “The Adulterer.” 

Ripley is also an accomplished musician and has written and produced her own music. Recordings include “Daily Practice: Vol 1,” “Outtasite,” “RIPLEY EP” and “Everything’s Fine,” as well as numerous Broadway cast and compilation albums. 

For additional information, including photos, visit plu.edu/soac/alice, call the School of Arts and Communication at (253) 535-7150, or email soac@plu.edu. Connect at twitter.com/soac or facebook.com/plu.soac

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