Comic Book Character Minky Woodcock Being Adapted for the Stage

The star of 'The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini' will also headline a second comic book miniseries next year.
Cynthia von Buhler/Titan Comics

Not content with solving murders in Titan Comics and Hard Case Crimes graphic novels, period detective Minky Woodcock is making the leap to the stage with this week’s opening of a new play based on her first appearance, just as Titan announces details of her upcoming second case.

Created by author, artist and playwright Cynthia von Buhler, Minky — a private detective and rabbit lover in the 1920s — made her debut in the four-issue series The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini in 2017; the critically acclaimed series, which also won praise from Neil Gaiman, was released in a hardcover collected edition last month.

Now, it’s become a live-action stage play written and directed by von Buhler, opening at Theater 80 in New York City on Wednesday and running through Nov. 10. Really, "stage play" doesn’t begin to describe the show, which takes place over three floors of the theater, with audience members choosing whether to be spiritualists, pragmatists or Houdini’s guests as the action unfolds, with their choice changing what they watch throughout the night.

Minky will be brought to life by Pearls Daily — Miss Coney Island 2018, burlesque performer and the model for Minky in the comic book — with the extended cast including Vincent Cinque and Postmodern Jukebox’s Robyn Adele Anderson.

Outside of the theater experience, Minky will return in the newly announced Minky Woodcock: They Die Fast on Broadway, in which she will investigate the (real-life) death of Olive Thomas, whose murder was one of the earliest Hollywood scandals.

“Back in the Golden era of Broadway, six showgirls made a pact not to turn out down-and-out like most did back then. Instead, all but one ended up dead! In They Die Fast on Broadway, I focus on the most famous of the six, Olive Thomas, who was the girl the word ‘flapper' was coined for,” von Buhler said in a statement about the upcoming series. “She died from drinking mercury bichloride in Paris and it was never truly decided if it was a murder, suicide or accident. Minky Woodcock, on her next true crime case, will try to find out.”

The series will debut in 2019.