May 6, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
CENTER for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
661 Route 308 Rhinebeck, NY 12572
FRIDAY NIGHT PAY WHAT YOU WANT at the door!
Sat/Sun Tickets $27
Students $20 with ID
Senior discount $25
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Rhinebeck Theatre Society is proud to present the regional premiere of this innovative new musical. Winner of the 2015 Tony award for Best Musical, Fun Home reinvents the classic coming-of-age story as it follows lesbian author Alison Bechdel’s sexual awakening and her father’s suicide through a combination of flashback, commentary, and an artist’s rendering of her own childhood memories.
The story traces Alison’s life from her youth, to her years at Oberlin College, and finally to the present. Alison, now grown, is struggling to write her own graphic autobiography. As Alison reflects on her past, she struggles to make sense of her relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted gay man and the owner of the family business — the Bechdel Funeral Home (“fun” home, as it’s known to young Alison and her brothers, John and Christian). As she watches her father’s self-loathing consume him, Alison recognizes her own experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity. As Fun Home progresses, Alison is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, finally entering into them, desperate (but unable) to reverse her father’s self-destruction. An poignant and groundbreaking musical, Fun Home explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to shape our identity.
Fun Home will be presented as part of Rhinebeck Theatre Society’s 2018 “Season of Women” in partnership with Hudson Valley LBGTQ Community Center. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.