September 27 — October 22
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Blake Coheley
Music Director: Jefferson Turner
Performances: 7:30 PM (Sunday Matinees 3:00 PM)
Presented in partnership with NOCCA Stage Company at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre
2800 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
All remaining performances are SOLD OUT. Wait list opens on site one hour prior to sold-out performances; call the box office for updates.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. In this Tony Award-winning musical, Alison moves between past and present, reliving her childhood spent playing at the family’s funeral home, her collegiate sexual awakening, and her confrontations with the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.
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This production is supported in part by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).
Approximate running time is 100 minutes, presented without intermission.
FUN HOME contains mature themes and strong language.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT – 10/5 – subject to availability, at the door only. Advance tickets are regularly priced. Questions? Call the box office at 504-522-6545.
ALERT: Due to Tropical Storm Nate, NOCCA’s campus is closing at 2 PM Saturday, October 7. The performances of FUN HOME scheduled for Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 are cancelled. Ticketholders have received email instructions about exchanges – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-522-6545 to make your exchange into a later performance (email preferred).
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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)