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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.
Alison Bechdel’s self-syndicated comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For became a subversive reference point in lesbian culture globally between 1983 to 2008. The award-winning archive of lesbian history 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 it as “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” 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.
Fun Home will be presented as part of Rhinebeck Theatre Society's 2018 "Season of Women" in partnership with Hudson Valley LBGTQ Community Center.
May Not Be Appropriate For Young Audiences.