Winner of multiple Tony awards, this emotional musical follows the coming-of-age story of a young lesbian artist, her brilliant and mysterious father, and their unique family business.
Escondido, CA – (January, 2020) Patio Playhouse Community Theater presents Fun Home, the critically-acclaimed musical by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, based on the graphic novel-memoir by Alison Bechdel. The New York Times called it “a beautiful heartbreaker of a musical,” and its many accolades include the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, the historic
first Tony Award for an all-female writing team (Kron and Tesori) for Best Score, and finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Inspired by Bechdel’s youth, the show is narrated by grown Alison, whose story parallels her own sexual awakening with the closeted double life of
her brilliant and enigmatic father. Moving between past and present with the aid of her younger selves, Small Alison and Medium Alison, our narrator relives her childhood in the Bechdel Funeral Home with her parents and brothers, her own coming-out journey, and the mystery and
tragedy of her father’s life. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Note: Fun Home has some adult language and themes.
The cast includes Dani Leandra (Alison), Caitlin Groome (Medium Alison), Emma Delaware (Small Alison), David Guthrie (Bruce), Keri Miller (Helen), Sydney Joyner (Joan), Kevin Phan (Roy/Bobby Jeremy), Lorenzo Olivieri (Christian) Charlie Ashcraft (John), Rory Nolte (u/s Medium Alison and Joan) and Zoe Carnot (u/s Small Alison.)
Patio Playhouse’s production of Fun Home is proud to be partnering with The San Diego LGBT Community Center. The mission of the Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community, empower community
members, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights, and embrace, promote and support cultural diversity. One of the Center’s current programs is its non-partisan direct voter outreach campaign, to inform over 40,000 members of our community how critical it is to be counted and to vote their entire ballot. This important work is only possible with the help of their amazing volunteers. If you’d like to sign up to volunteer, please contact their Civic Engagement team at [email protected] or 619-692-2077, ex.113.
Tickets: Performances of Fun Home will run Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 9, 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00 at our mainstage theater at 116 W. Kalmia Ave. in downtown Escondido. Tickets for this production are available for the cost of $22 for Adults, $20 for Seniors/Military/Students,
and $15 for Youth 16 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at 760-746-6669, via email, or via the website www.patioplayhouse.com.
Directed by Matt FitzGerald. Produced by Kelli Harless and Andy Lukes. Music direction by Emily Awkerman. Choreographed by Danielle Muckle.
Licensed by arrangement with Samuel French.
About the Company: Patio Playhouse is Escondido’s only community theater. Established in 1967, the playhouse is located in the heart of Escondido near the intersection of Kalmia and Grand Avenues. Patio Playhouse presents a full season of musicals, dramas, and comedies, but is
also known for its unique fee-free youth theater, which produces several shows a year while introducing live theatre to children through performance/crew opportunities and school performances. Patio also presents an annual summer season called Patio Plays in the Park,
where patrons can enjoy an evening of musical theater under the stars at Kit Carson Amphitheater. In 2019, the summer shows The Wizard of Oz and Little Women, The Broadway Musical partnered with Words Alive San Diego. Patio Playhouse is an independent, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To find out more about Patio Playhouse, please visit
www.patioplayhouse.com or find us on social media. Patio Playhouse is also a proud partner of San Diego Theatre Connection, a group that fosters and supports service opportunities between arts organizations and nonprofit partners around San Diego County.