Photo Flash: First Look at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 's FUN HOME
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2018/ 2019 season with Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Based on the blazingly honest graphic novel of MacArthur Genius Award winner Alison Bechdel, Fun Home explores Alison's loving, yet dysfunctional upbringing. Alison, the protagonist, contends with her past and present as she relives her childhood at the family-owned funeral home. Her growing understanding of her own sexuality and her grappling with unanswerable questions about her father make for a surprising, poignant theatrical experience. Told with enormous emotion and sensitivity, Fun Home's haunting yet amusing score by Jeanine Tesori with lyrics and book by Lisa Kron illuminates one of the most original musicals of its time. Directed by TheatreWorks Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Fun Home will be presented October 3 - October 28 (press opening: October 6) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View. For tickets ($40-$100) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.
Fun Home premiered off-Broadway in 2013 at The Public Theater, where it was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and won the Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie Award, and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for "Best Musical." Its transfer to Broadway garnered five Tony Awards including "Best Musical," and the cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. Since then, Fun Home has received widespread popularity both regionally and nationally, with critics calling the musical "a rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping," (The New York Times) "pure magical satisfaction," (Washington Post) and "one of the freshest and most authentic musicals," (Mercury News).
TheatreWorks has assembled an exciting cast for this musical. Moira Stone (Alison), Erin Kommor (Medium Alison), and Lila Gold (Small Alison) make their TheatreWorks debuts as Alison, the protagonist, at different stages in her life. Winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award, Stone has performed onstage in New York, including a workshop at New Dramatists with Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin. Stone reprises the role of Alison, which she performed at Vermont Stage. Kommor was recently seen in a recurring role on NBC's musical television series "Rise." She has performed at regional theatres including Goodspeed Opera House, where she was in a reading of Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots, as well as at Bay Street Theater and Baltimore Center Stage. Gold has performed in American Conservatory Theater's Junior Cabaret and with Hillbarn Theatre.
For information or to order tickets visit theatreworks.org
Photo Credit: Kevin Berne