Photo Flash: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 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).
Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
The Bechdel family (l to r: Billy Hutton, Jack Barrett, Crissy Guerrero, and Lila Gold) prepares to be perfect for father Bruce (James Lloyd Reynolds) as they welcome an important guest to their home in â€œFun Home,â€?
Medium Alison (Erin Kommor) calls home from college in â€œFun Home,â€?
The Bechdel children (clockwise from left: Lila Gold, Jack Barrett, and Billy Hutton) play in the family-owned funeral home despite their father Bruceâ€™s (James Lloyd Reynolds) wishes in â€œFun Home,â€?
Small Alison (foreground: Lila Gold) fantasizes about her favorite TV show coming to life in her living room, complete with singers and dancers (l to r: Ayelet Firstenberg, Michael Doppe, Erin Kommor) in â€œFun Home,â€?