Pictured: Lauren Braton
Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the cast and crew for “Fun Home,” the Tony Award-winning musical inspired by Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, and featuring book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori.
Directed by Lisa Rothe, the production features Lauren Braton as Alison, Allison Jones as Joan, Noah Lindquist as Roy, Mark, and Pete, Patrick McGee as John Bechdel, Ellen Nikbakht as Medium Alison, Delilah Rose Pellow as Small Alison, Jonathan Raviv as Bruce Bechdel, Drew Squire as Christian Bechdel and Mariand Torres as Helen Bechdel.
The creative team for the production consists of Regina Garcia, Set Design; Theresa Squire, Costume Design; Barbara Samuels, Lighting Design; Victoria Deiorio, Sound Design; A. Raheim White, Choreography; Rachel M. Dyer Assistant Stage Manager and Mary R. Honor serves as the Production Stage Manager.
In “Fun Home” Alison is reliving her upbringing with her brilliant and volatile father—a man whose own secrets defined the family—while discovering her sexuality. The musical made Broadway history by featuring the first lesbian protagonist when it made its debut at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 2015.
“From the moment I saw ‘Fun Home’ off-Broadway, I wanted to
direct it,” comments Rothe. The story deeply resonated on a very personal level and had a profound impact on me as an artist. A refreshingly honest and intimate musical, ‘Fun Home’s’ power is in its universality and in its ability to emotionally connect with diverse audiences, leading them on a journey of understanding and acceptance.”
“I’ve been obsessed with Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir since it was published in 2006. It is everything you want from a memoir — confessional, surprising, moving, from the heart, funny, and a biography born of pain but full of affirming revelation,” adds KCRep Artistic Director, Stuart Carden. “And what a miracle that her genre-changing graphic novel, etched in writing and pictures, has been so beautifully realized in drama and music. Any and everyone with a messy, complicated childhood (and who didn’t!) will find themselves in this highly original, witty and moving new musical.”
“Fun Home” runs January 24 – February 16 at Spencer Theater. For more information visit KCRep.org.
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