Aug. 17–Sept. 16, 2018
(Due to the popularity of this title, Wednesday performances have been added)
Howard Drew Theatre
Music by Jeanine Tesori | Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron | Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Roxanne Wach
The winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home
is a story of self-discovery and navigating challenging family
dynamics. When Alison’s father dies unexpectedly, she explores her past
to tell the story of their tumultuous relationship. The brilliant
storytelling moves between the past and the present, while Alison
relives her unique childhood playing in her family’s funeral home and
her discovery of her own sexuality. Based on the graphic memoir by
Alison Bechdel, with music by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical
, Caroline, or Change
) and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, Fun Home
is a refreshingly honest and moving story that takes us on a cathartic journey of seeing our parents through grown-up eyes.
Disclaimer: Contains adult language and sexual themes.
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In addition to the production itself, the Omaha Community Playhouse, in conjunction with Orchestra Sponsor UNMC
, have created a number of programming events surrounding the themes of the production, such as suicide prevention, topics in LGBTQIA and a discussion of graphic novels. Special Events are as follows:
August 17 (Opening Night), August 18 and August 19
- Dundee Book Company will be on site selling the Fun Home graphic novel and other books relating to themes in the show.
- A graphic artist will be set up in the lobby drawing character sketches of attendees. OCP will post these sketches on the walls of the Howard Drew Theatre as well as on social media.
- UNMC will be distributing information about topics in mental health.
- “Talk Back” discussion will be held after the performance on the topic of suicide. Dr. Amanda Randall, Director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at UNO, Janae Shillito, Community Relations Director of the Kim Foundation and members of the Fun Home cast will discuss mental health-related topics raised in the production.
- “Talk Back” discussion will be held after the performance on LGBTQIA topics. Panelists and members of the Fun Home cast will participate in the discussion.
- “Talk Back” discussion will be held after the performance on the topic of graphic novels and language. Frank Bramlett, PHD, Professor in the English Department at UNO and TESOL Program Director, along with members of the Fun Home cast will discuss the literary world of graphic novels.
- A UNMC Science Café will be held at 7:00 p.m. at The Slowdown to discuss mental health and suicide. The speaker will be Jonathan Sikorski, PhD, department of psychology at UNMC.