Fun Home

Time and Location

  • 2018, Nov 04

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron

Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel

Directed  by Jim Lortz

Adult themes and language

A musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir of the same name.

The original production was nominated for twelve Tony Awards, winning five, including Best Musical, and its cast album received a nomination for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Featuring the song “I’m Changing My Major to Joan” - which 'might be the best coming-out song ever,' and “Ring of Keys” one of the 'best songs ever about a child’s perception of the possibility of breaking out of gender constrictions.'

About the play

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. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

"The best musical of the season." - New York Magazine

"Few shows are as moving, relatable, and funny." - Associated Press

"The Best Broadway Musical in years, with the finest score in a decade." - Huffington Post

"Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse." - Chicago Tribune

About Alison Bechdel

(From Dykes to Watch Out For)

Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For became a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. And her more recent, darkly humorous graphic memoirs about her family have forged an unlikely intimacy with an even wider range of readers.

Bechdel self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For for twenty-five years, from 1983 to 2008. The award-winning generational chronicle has been called “one of the pre-eminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms. magazine)

In 2006 she published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Time magazine named it the Best Book of 2006, describing the recursive investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home was adapted into a musical by the playwright Lisa Kron and the composer Jeanine Tesori. It opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theater on April 19, 2015,  and won five Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”

In her work, Bechdel is preoccupied with the overlap of the political and the personal spheres, the relationship of the self to the world outside. Her 2012 memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama delved into not just her relationship with her own mother, but the theories of the 20th century British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. In the New York Times Book Review, Katie Roiphe wrote, “There’s a lucidity to Bechdel’s work that in certain ways … bears more resemblance to poetry than to the dense, wordy introspection of most prose memoirs. The book delivers lightning bolts of revelation, maps of insight and visual snapshots of family entanglements in a singularly beautiful style.”

Alison’s comics have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta. In 2014 she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Alison lives in Vermont.

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"Fun Home” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Photos from the production!

Thanks to Rachel Bayne

Young actor in superhero cape and overalls points to the distance as another looks on.
Performer in silhouette shields themselves from bright headlights shining through backdrop.
Retro dancers in matching orange vests groove to music in front of blue-lit backdrop.
Three young performers sitting on the floor gaze into the distance as two others lounge on a chair in deep conversation behind them.
Actor playfully swings a young actor about next to a newly planted tree as friends chuckle in the background.

Disability Accommodations

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found by contacting Western's Disability Access Center.