Southern Rep Adds Three Extra Performances of FUN HOME
Due to overwhelming demand and the pre-emptive cancelation of earlier performances due to Hurricane Nate, Southern Rep Theatre and NOCCA Stage Company announce three extra performances of FUN HOME at NOCCA's Nims Black Box Theatre on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 14 at 3 PM, and Saturday, October 21 at 3 PM. The additional dates supplement previously scheduled performances running Thursdays through Sundays through October 22.
A block of Pay What You Can tickets is being held for the Wednesday, October 11performance. Pay What You Can tickets are first-come, first-served at the door only; tickets purchased in response are regular price. As always, Southern Rep's standing discounts for seniors, teachers, military personnel, and theater professionals are available by calling the box office at (504) 522-6545 or visiting www.southernrep.com. Student rush is offered at the door ten minutes prior to curtain; availability is not guaranteed. In addition, returning patrons can see FUN HOME at the discounted price of $30; call box office to reserve.
"Audience response to FUN HOME has been incredible," says Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes. "We are grateful to be able to schedule these added performances, thanks to our partnership with the NOCCA Stage Company. Our previous Pay What You Can night sold out in just 15 minutes, so we are especially glad to be able to offer another performance to accommodate that demand. We look forward to welcoming the public back to FUN HOME this week!"
FUN HOME is presented by Southern Rep Theatre and NOCCA Stage Company. Special support for this production has been provided by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).
For full schedule of special events and free Community Table engagement events for the final two weeks of FUN HOME, visit www.southernrep.com/plays/fun-home.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS & CREATIVE TEAM:
Jeanine Tesori (SCORE)
For Broadway: Fun Home (2015 Tony Award winner); Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek the Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center Theater); John Guare's A Free Man of Color. Delacorte: Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep). Opera: A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass); The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (libretto, J.D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs will be featured in the upcoming Netflix revival of "Gilmore Girls." She is the artistic director/co-founder of A BroaderWay, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Lisa Kron (BOOK AND LYRICS)
2015 Tony Award winner for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score of a Musical for Fun Home. Other plays include In The Wake, Well and the Obie Award-winning 2.5 Minute Ride. Acting credits include Well (Tony nom.- Best Actress) and Good Person of Szechuan (Lortel Award-Outstanding Featured Actress). She has received Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, a Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award and grants from the Creative Capital and NYFA. Lisa is a founding member of the OBIE and Bessie Award-winning theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers and serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony, The Sundance Institute and the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Alison Bechdel (AUTHOR OF NOVEL)
Alison Bechdel created the comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For," which ran in lesbian and gay publications from 1983 to 2008. In 2006 she gained a wider readership with the publication of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, a graphic memoir about her relationship with her closeted gay father. She followed this with a second memoir, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. She's currently working on a book about the body and trends in physical fitness, called The Secret to Superhuman Strength. She is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship.
BLAKE COHELEY (DIRECTOR)
Multi Big Easy Award Winner (Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography for a Musical, Tribute to the Classical Arts Outstanding Choreography) Blake has a long history with dance and theatre. He has projects that span International Industrials (Harley Davidson, 7-up, AARP), Katrina-10, National WWII Museum, Dinner Theatre and he is currently the Program Director for The Broadway Theatre Project. Blake currently serves as the Director of Student Services at NOCCA and can be seen on, off or back stage all over the world.
Jefferson Turner (MUSIC DIRECTOR)
Jefferson Turner last appeared with Southern Rep as Music Director for NEXT TO NORMAL (2013). Favorite shows he has conducted include ASSASSINS (NOLA Project), 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (FourFront), and RAGTIME (Cripple Creek Theatre Company). Jefferson can often be seen in collaboration with Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman, and Sean Patterson on local cabaret comedies, such as DITZYLAND and HELLO, DAWLIN! Recently his original Christmas musical SCROOGE IN ROUGE (written with Graham) was published by Dramatists Play Service. When not behind a piano or conducting, Jefferson is the chair of the Musical Theatre Department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
ABOUT SOUTHERN REP THEATRE:
Now in its 31st Season, Southern Rep Theatre produces award-winning productions that are engaging, educational, and accessible for audiences of every socioeconomic background. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes, Southern Rep Theatre's Mainstage Season work includes bold World and Regional Premieres as well as the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and classic plays. Southern Rep Theatre's Lagniappe Series and "School to Stage Pipeline" of Arts Education Programs reflect the company's ongoing commitment to new play development by providing resources for students and burgeoning theatre professionals and supporting a more diverse theatre community. A mainstay of New Orleans' arts community, Southern Rep Theatre continues to build on its unique position as a sector leader, creative force, and important resource for contemporary American theatre.
Photo Credit: John B. Barrois