‘Fun Home’ on stage at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Newsday called “Fun Home” a “blazingly original heartbreaker and a non-stop treasure of invention.”

The show traces the coming-of-age of lesbian author Alison Bechdel, from her youth to her years at Oberlin College and finally to the present, where, now grown, she is struggling to write her own graphic autobiography.

Facing the unexpected death of her father, Alison struggles to make sense of the past, particularly her relationship with her father, a man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.

A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “Fun Home” explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it wields in shaping our identities and is coming to the Bainbridge Performing Arts stage Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29.

The production brings together a formidable creative team with deep roots in the BPA community.

Director Kate Meyers’ BPA credits include “The Revolutionists,” “August: Osage County,” “Amadeus,” “The Kentucky Cycle,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Building the Wall,” “Snow Falling on Cedars,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Distracted,” “Private Eyes,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” and “Arcadia.”

Brandon Peck will return as musical director following BPA’s hit runs of “Mamma Mia!” and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”

He formerly received a Broadway World Award for Music Direction for his work on “Jesus Christ Superstar” at SMT and a Gypsy Rose Lee Award nomination for music direction on “Toxic Avenger” with StageRight.

Joanna Hardie will return as choreographer. She has directed BPA’s hit runs of “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Xanadu,” “A Christmas Story,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and her choreography has also been seen at BPA in “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Shrek,” “The Full Monty,” “Chicago,” “The Rocky Horror Show” and “A Chorus Line.”

Together, the trio leads an enticing cast of BPA veterans and newcomers, including Natalie Moe, Emily Jo Bryant, Evelyn Cantwell, Troy Wageman, Rachel Wilke, Casey Hartman, Garrett Dill, Sophia Marchinek, and Willow Erdman.

Evening shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m.

The run includes a special pay-what-you-can preview performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12.

Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569, or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).

First Saturday “Teen” tickets are $5 per youth on the first Saturday of the run, March 15.

Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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