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New Village Arts Presents FUN HOME

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Music by Jeanine Tesori • Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron • Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Kym Pappas • Music Direction by Korrie Yamaoka • Choreography by Patrick Mayuyu
January 26 – March 3, 2024 – Opening Night: Saturday, Feb 3 at 7:30pm

Carlsbad, CA—New Village Arts (NVA), North County’s cultural hub, announces our first production of the new year, the coming of age musical FUN HOME based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. This will be the second fully staged musical
presented on the newly named Ray Charles Stage in the Conrad Prebys Theatre at the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center. FUN HOME will run from February 3rd to March 3rd, 2024. Previews will be held from
January 26th to February 2nd.
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FUN HOME, the groundbreaking Broadway musical set to captivate audiences, delves into the complexities of family, identity, and self-discovery. Adapted from Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, the
storyline follows the journey of Alison as she reflects on her upbringing and grapples with her relationship with her enigmatic father. The narrative unfolds through different stages of Alison’s life, seamlessly blending humor, heartache, and poignant moments as it explores themes of acceptance and understanding. This Tony-Award winning musical invites audiences to come to a fuller understanding of
the journey of coming out and stepping up for yourself, while promising a compelling and emotionally
resonant experience, allowing theatergoers to embark on a powerful exploration of one woman’s quest
for truth and connection within the confines of her family’s home. NVA’s Executive Artistic Director
Kristianne Kurner included the musical in the season because “The LGBTQIA+ community in the United
States is experiencing unprecedented attacks due to fear and a lack of understanding. It’s more important than ever that we tell stories like this that help our community have greater empathy and understanding, and recognize the beautiful humanity in each one of us.”

The musical features powerful songs such as “Ring of Keys,” a touching exploration of a young Alison’s
realization of her identity, and “Changing My Major,” a joyous and humorous expression of newfound
love. With a compelling storyline and unforgettable musical numbers, FUN HOME promises to deliver a
captivating and emotionally resonant theatrical experience for audiences at New Village Arts.

FUN HOME will be directed by award-winning San Diego-based artist Kym Pappas, who was recently seen onstage at New Village Arts in JEZ BUTTERWORTH’S THE FERRYMAN, and DOUBT: A PARABLE, When asked about her participation, Pappas states: “FUN HOME is an excavation of family and self, an
exploration of memory and truth, and ultimately a reckoning… rooted in yearning and love. Alison
Bechdel gifted us all with her story, and I feel so incredibly lucky that New Village Arts trusted me to help
tell it.”

This production will feature many returning artists to our stage. Rae Henderson-Gray returns, after her
outstanding performance as The Witch in INTO THE WOODS in 2022, as the musical’s narrator and center
focus, Alison. “Being a part of Fun Home is so meaningful to me because this show was the first time I ever saw myself represented in musical theatre. It’s an art form I’ve loved my whole life, but until Fun
Home it never really saw me back. It’s such an honor to bring to life Bechdel’s story – she’s an absolute
icon whose work has had a huge impact on my community and has really shaped lesbian culture for
decades now,” expresses Henderson-Gray, who is eager to share her story with audiences.

Alison’s younger selves will be portrayed by Priya Richard and Lena Palke, both of whom were seen last
year in JEZ BUTTERWORTH’S THE FERRYMAN. Other cast members include Brent Roberts** as Bruce
Bechdel; Sarah Alida LeClair as Helen Bechdel; Zayden McHardy as Christian Bechdel; Leo Jones as John
Bechdel; and Lisette Velandia as Joan. Kris Bona, who was last seen in our 2019 production of LITTLE
SHOP OF HORRORS will take the stage in numerous roles, including Roy, Mark, Pete, and Bobby Jeremy.
Kris Bona, Katheryn McNellen, Georgia Filipovitch, and Kevin Phan will act as swings for the production.

New Village Arts 22nd Season 2023-2024
A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO Written by Herbert Siguenza
Directed by Todd Salovey -Set and Costume Design by Giulio Perrone
Projection Design by Victoria Petrovich -Original Musical Score by Bruno Louchoaurn
Previews: August 4-11 • Opening Night: August 12 • August 12 to September 3
A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO played to sold out houses across the country.

DOUBT: A PARABLE
Written by John Patrick Shanley – Directed by Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner
Previews: September 22-29 • Opening Night: September 30 • September 30 to October 22
Recipient of The Tony Award for Best Play and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS
Written by Dea Hurston – Created by Dea Hurston, Milena (Sellers) Phillips, Frankie Alicea, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs – Original Music by Milena (Sellers) Phillips -Directed by Kandace Crystal
Previews November 30 & December 1 • Opens December 2 • December 2 – December 24
Named as one of the best shows of 2021 by The San Diego Union-Tribune
FUN HOME
Music by Jeanine Tesori – Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron – Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Kym Pappas – Featuring Rae Henderson-Gray
Previews: January 26 – Feb 2 • Opening Night: February 3 to March 3
Recipient of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

THE 39 STEPS
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock – Directed by Dr. AJ Knox
Previews: April 5-12 • Opening Night: April 13 • April 13 – May 12
Olivier Award for Best Comedy and Tony Award for Best Play

THE COLOR PURPLE
Based on the novel by Alice Walker – Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray -Directed by Kandace Crystal
Previews: June 7-14 • Opening Night: June 15 • June 15 – July 21
A Pulitzer Prize. A National Book Award. Eleven Academy Award Nominations. Four Golden Globe
Nominations. Three Tony Awards.

Performance Days and Times
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm – Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm
Tickets and Subscriptions – Subscriptions for the 3 Show Package range from $81 to $158
Single tickets range from $25 to $55 for plays and $25 to $60 for musicals.

About New Village Arts
Celebrating 22 years of award-winning professional theatre and thriving education and outreach
programs, New Village Arts (NVA) has truly become the cultural hub of North County San Diego.
NVA attracts more than 30,000 patrons each year to experience professional theatre, music and art
events in the heart of Carlsbad Village. In addition to full seasons of plays and musicals featuring some of
the best artistic talent in Southern California, NVA hosts talkback discussions and other supplementary
events designed to create conversation and cultivate community. New this year, the White Family Next
Stage in the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center presents a series of music and spoken word events
throughout the year. NVA offers robust theatre programs in partnership with local schools and strongly
believes that theatre and arts experiences should be accessible to all people, becoming a recognized
leader in equity, diversity, and inclusion in San Diego. NVA has been fortunate to receive support from
the City of Carlsbad and other local businesses, who recognize the importance of a resident professional
theatre company as a crucial component of an inclusive and creative community. In turn NVA prioritizes
serving its community by presenting works that respect its diversity, engaging every citizen with rel

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