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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents Groundbreaking Musical Memoir “Fun Home”

Sep 14, 2018
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 through October 28 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro Street) in Mountain View, CA.

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.

James Lloyd Reynolds makes his TheatreWorks debut as Bruce, Alison’s father. Crissy Guerrero also makes her TheatreWorks debut as Helen, Alison’s mother. Jack Barrett and Dylan Kento Curtis share the role of Christian, Alison’s older brother while Billy Hutton and Oliver Copaken Yellin share the role of John, Alison’s younger brother. Also, Ruth Keith makes her TheatreWorks debut as a swing for Small Alison. Returning to TheatreWorks is Ayelet Firstenberg, who plays the role of Joan, Alison’s college girlfriend. Michael Doppe rounds out the cast in his TheatreWorks debut.

“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 it “one of the freshest and most authentic musicals.”

For tickets or more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

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Photo caption: Small Alison (Lila Gold) plays airplane with her father, Bruce (James Lloyd Reynolds), in “Fun Home,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts October 3-28, 2018. (Photo credit: Kevin Berne)


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