Fun Home

September 6 - 30, 2018
(Press Opening: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 7:00 PM)

On the Lyceum Stage

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Choreography by Javier Velasco

 

CAST

Amanda Naughton (Alison)
Claire Adams (Medium Alison)
Taylor Coleman (Small Alison)
Isabella Pruter (Small Alison)
Jim Stanek (Bruce)
Bets Malone (Helen)
Alexis Young (Joan)
Conlan Ledwith (Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby Jeremy)
Bobby Chiu (John)
Hayden Crocker (Christian)
Jacob Farry (John)
Luke Renner (Christian)
 

Musicians

Keyboard/Conductor Robert Meffe

Violin/Viola Sean LaPerruque

Cello Jenny Epler

Bass (Electric and Acoustic) PJ Bovee

Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Nylong, 12-string) Nikko Nobleza

Drums/Percussion Nathan Hubbard

Reeds (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, English Horn, Bass Clarinet) Bill Lamden 
 

Production and Creative Team

Director Sam Woodhouse

Music Director Robert Meffe

Choreography Javier Velasco

Scenic Design Sean Fanning

Costume Design Jennifer Brawn Gittings

Sound Design Matt Lescault-Wood

Projection Design David Lee Cuthbert

Hair and Wig Design Peter Herman

Stage Manager Chandra R.M. Anthenill

Assistant Stage Manager Laura Zingle

Production Assistant Danielle Dudley

Dramaturg/Assistant Director Nicole Cantalupo

Producer and Casting Director Kim Heil 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

The musical Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel's witty and wistful graphic novel of the same name. Past and present blend magically as we see Alison at three different ages:  as a young girl playing games in the family’s funeral home, as a college student joyously discovering her sexuality as a lesbian woman and now as an adult on an extraordinary quest to discover the truth about her father's secret life. Fun Home was the most acclaimed musical of 2015, winning five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.
 

 

VIDEO

See the cast of Fun Home in rehearsal!  Click below to watch the videos.

 


B-Roll

Amanda Naughton and Jim Stanek sing "Telephone Wire." Footage courtesy of Mark Holmes.

Claire Adams sings "Changing my Major."
Footage courtesy of Mark Holmes.

Bets Malone and Jim Stanek sing "Welcome to our House on Maple Avenue."
Footage courtesy of Mark Holmes.

Isabella Pruter, Hayden Crocker, and Jacob Farry sing "Come to the Fun Home."
Footage courtesy of Mark Holmes.

Isabella Pruter sings "Ring of Keys." 
Footage courtesy of Mark Holmes.

 


 

MEDIA IMAGES

Creative Team

 

Sam Woodhouse (download)

Lisa Kron
Photo credit Joan Marcus. (download)

Jeanine Tesori
Photo Credit Rodolfo Martinez. (download)

 

 

Actors

 

Amanda Naughton (download)

Jim Stanek (download)

Claire Adams (download)

Bets Malone (download)

Taylor Coleman (download)

Isabella Pruter (download)

Alexis Louise Young (download)

Conlan Ledwith (download)

Bobby Chiu (download)

Jacob Farry (download)

Luke Renner (download)

 

 

Production Shots

 

From left: Claire Adams, Amanda Naughton, and Isabella Pruter. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

From left: Isabella Pruter, Hayden Crocker, and Jacob Farry. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

From left: Isabella Pruter, Jim Stanek, and Amanda Naughton. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

 Isabella Pruter. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

From left: Jim Stanek and Amanda Naughton. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

Amanda Naughton. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

Amanda Naughton. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

From left: Amanda Naughton and Jim Stanek. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

From left: Alexis Louise Young and Claire Adams. Photo Daren Scott. (download)

From left: Claire Adams, Isabella Pruter, Amanda Naughton. Photo by Daren Scott (download)

From left: Isabella Pruter (Small Alison), Bets Malone (Helen), Jim Stanek (Bruce), Jacob Farry (John), and Hayden Crocker (Christian). Photo Daren Scott. (download)
 
   

Rehearsal Shots

 

Music Director Robert Meffe with (from left to right) Bobby Chiu, Jacob Farry, Luke Renner, Hayden Crocker, Taylor Coleman. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

Music Director Robert Meffe with Claire Adams. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

Amanda Naughton
Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

 Isabella Pruter. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Isabella Pruter, Hayden Crocker, and Jacob Farry. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Isabella Pruter, Luke Renner, Hayden Crocker, and Bobby Chiu. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Alexis Louise Young, Claire Adams, and Conlan Ledwith. Photo credit Peggy Ryan.(download)

From left: Conlan Ledwith, Bets Malone, and Jim Stanek. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Amanda Naughton and Jim Stanek. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. Photo credit Peggy Ryan.(download)

From left: Alexis Louise Young, Conlan Ledwith, and Bets Malone. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Claire Adams and Amanda Naughton. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: (back row) PJ Bovee, Nathan Hubbard, (center row) Bill Lamden, Robert Meffe, (front row) Sean LaPerruque, Jenny Epler. Photo credit Peggy Ryan.  (download)

 Sean LaPerruque. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

Bill Lamden. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

   

 

Promotional Shots

 

From left: Amanda Naughton, Taylor Coleman, Claire Adams. Photo credit Daren Scott. (download)

From left: Taylor Coleman, Isabella Pruter. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Taylor Coleman, Isabella Pruter. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Taylor Coleman, Isabella Pruter. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

Taylor Coleman
Photo credit Peggy Ryan (download)

Back row, left to right: Hayden Crocker, Bets Malone, Jim Stanek, Alexis Louise Young, Conlan Ledwith, Jacob Farry. Front row, left to right: Luke Renner, Isabella Pruter, Amanda Naughton, Claire Adams, Taylor Coleman, Bobby Chiu. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

Back row, left to right: Hayden Crocker, Bets Malone, Jim Stanek, Alexis Louise Young, Conlan Ledwith, Jacob Farry. Front row, left to right: Luke Renner, Isabella Pruter, Amanda Naughton, Claire Adams, Taylor Coleman, Bobby Chiu. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

Amanda Naughton
Photo credit Peggy Ryan (download)

Amanda Naughton
Photo credit Peggy Ryan (download)

 

From left: Amanda Naughton, Claire Adams. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

From left: Amanda Naughton, Claire Adams. Photo credit Peggy Ryan. (download)

Bets Malone 
Photo credit Peggy Ryan (download)

Bets Malone
Photo credit Peggy Ryan (download)

 

BIOS

Lisa Kron (book and lyrics): is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her plays include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride and The Ver**zon Play. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home (with music by composer Jeanine Tesori), winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Lisa and Jeanine were the first all-woman team to ever receive a Tony for best score. As an actor Lisa was most recently seen as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan (Lortel Award, Outstanding Featured Actress). Honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, and the Cal Arts/Alpert Award. She is a proud founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers. Lisa currently serves as Secretary of the Dramatists Guild Council and on the boards of the McDowell Colony and the Lilly Awards.
 
Jeanine Tesori (music): has written a diverse catalog for Broadway, Opera, film and television. Her Broadway musicals include: Fun Home (2015 Tony Award Winner, Pulitzer finalist); Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek the Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night (LCT); John Guare’s A Free Man of Color. Delacorte: Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep). She has received five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. The hallmarks of her work have been described as "close-to-the-surface emotion, structural rigor and rhythmic drive". Her operas include: The Lion, the Unicorn and Me; Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (MET/LCT Opera/Theater and Glimmerglass Opera commission); and her upcoming collaboration with Tazewell Thompson, Blue was commissioned for Glimmerglass Opera company and will premier there next season. She wrote the musical featured in the 2016 revival of Gilmore Girls and has also written special material for artists such as The Girl in 14G for Kristin Chenoweth and has been featured in documentaries Show Business and Theater of War. Jeanine Tesori became the founding Artistic Director of a new concert series at New York City Center called Encores! Off-Center for which she has helmed seasons joined by artists such as Stephen Sondheim, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Randy Newman, William Finn, Alan Menken, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff. After producing four seasons of Off-Center concerts, she took one of those concerts, Sunday in the Park with George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal) to Broadway where she produced the 2017 revival, with ATG and Riva Marker. She was the recording producer for Sunday as well as the Original Cast Recordings of Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek; Twelfth Night; etc. A lecturer in music at Yale and on faculty at Columbia University, Tesori has spoken and taught at universities and programs all over the country. She is the founding Creative Director of the nonprofit A BroaderWay, an arts empowerment program for young women. She was given the Einhorn Mentorship Award by Primary Stages for her exceptional work with young artists. 
 
Amanda Naughton (Alison): Tours: Fun Home. The Secret Garden (Jeff Award Nominee) Broadway: Into the Woods, The Secret Garden. Off Broadway: Romance in Hard Times, Hundreds of Hats, 3Postcards, Mr. President. Locally: Bethany, A Doll’s House, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Jane Austen’s Emma, Lost in Yonkers, The Women, The Constant Wife, Loves & Hours, Paramour (The Old Globe). Come From Away, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse). And: The Public Theatre, Circle Rep, WPA, L.A. Opera, South Coast Repertory, La Mirada, Pittsburgh CLO, The Hangar, Forestburgh, Eugene O’Neill, George Street, Walnut Street, Geva. TV: Betty Roberts on “Remember WENN” (SAG Nominee),“Law & Order: C.I.”,“SVU”, “Chappelle’s Show.” Film: Mexico City, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
 
Claire Adams (Medium Alison): Claire is elated to be a part of this beautiful show and make her San Diego REP debut. She is a native Southern Californian and proud graduate of USC (Fight On!). Selected theatre credits: Violet, Violet; Actor Four, Incognito; Cathy, The Last Five Years; Annabel Glick, Lucky Stiff; Penny Pingleton, Hairspray; Squeaky Fromme, Assassins; Philia, Funny Thing… Selected film credits: The Charmed Life of John Weld, Skinny Fat Girl, Slice, The Musical. www.claireadams.me. 
 
Taylor Coleman (Small Alison): Taylor is thrilled to be making her San Diego REP debut and thanks the entire team for this incredible opportunity. She is happy to be home after playing Marta on the Broadway National Tour of The Sound of Music, including five weeks at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Taylor made her professional debut at age 7 and played Cindy Lou at The Old Globe's How the Grinch Stole Christmas for 3 seasons, followed up by 2 seasons as big sister Betty Lou. Other credits include: Peter Pan (Jane), Shrek (Young Fiona), Music Man (Gracie Shinn) and Annie Get Your Gun (Minnie Oakley). 
 
Isabella Pruter (Small Alison): Isabella is 12 years old and attends School of the Madeleine. She loves performing and making people smile while on stage. Her favorite past roles include Junie B. Jones in Junie B. Jones the Musical (CYT Central), Molly in Annie (CYT Central), Chip in Beauty and the Beast (CYT Central) and Ngana in South Pacific (SDMT).
 
Jim Stanek (Bruce): Jim is excited to be here at San Diego REP, and honored to be returning to the role of Bruce Bechdel, for which he was the Standby in the Original Broadway Cast of Fun Home. He is also overjoyed to be playing opposite Amanda Naughton, with whom he did one of his first NYC jobs! He most recently played the lead in Finks, at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he played the patriarch of the family, in the Off-Broadway musical, Goldstein. Other Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder; The Story Of My Life; Lestat; Little Women; The Rivals; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Indiscretions. Off-Broadway includes: Freud's Last Session; Frankenstein; Jacques Brel...; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Film: Bella; Borough Of Kings. TV: The Good Wife; Law and Order; Guiding Light. Recordings include: ...Forum; Frankenstein; Three
Musketeers. Education: BFA-Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Bets Malone (Helen): Bets originated the role of Suzy Simpson in the hit show The Marvelous Wonderettes and can be heard on three Wonderette albums. Regional; Mama Mia, Dirty Blonde, Aida, Seussical, Titanic, Big Fish, Mary Poppins, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Sweeney Todd, 1776, Ragtime, On The Town, Evita, Annie Get Your Gun, Once Upon A Mattress, and Love, Loss And What I Wore. She developed a one woman show entitled Broadway The Broad Way coming to a venue near you! 
 
Alexis Young (Joan): Based in New York City, California native and elated to be back at her old stomping grounds. Alexis last performed with San Diego REP in their production of In The Wake in 2011. Nat'l Tour: RENT 20th Anniversary (Swing, u/s Joanne/Mimi) Regional: Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (Danielle), The Trip to Bountiful (Thelma) Other: Mainstage Performer with Disney Cruise Lines on the Disney Dream. Follow @mslexilouyou.
 
Conlan Ledwith (Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby Jeremy): Conlan makes his San Diego REP debut. Conlan trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and French clown school L’École Internationale de Théâtre Philippe Gaulier. His American stage credits include Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, First Stage Milwaukee, Northern Sky Theatre, and winning 1st place at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for Richard III. He was awarded the Dean’s Award by BADA at Oxford, and appears in the
forthcoming film Sounds of Silence.
 
Bobby Chiu (John): Bobby is thrilled to make his debut at San Diego Repertory Theatre as John in Fun Home! Some favorite roles include Jerome in South Pacific (SDMT), Eddie in Last Wife (Cygnet Theatre), Winthrop in Music Man (Welk Theatre), a Little Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe) and Chip in Beauty and the Beast (J*Company).
 
Hayden Crocker (Christian): Hayden is a sixth grader at Skyline Elementary in Solana Beach. He began acting at age 9, when he joined J*Company Youth Theater in their production of The Wiz. He has landed leading roles including Gavroche in Les Miserables, Young Simba understudy in Disney’s The Lion King, and Charlie Bucket understudy in Willy Wonka Jr. 
 
Jacob Farry (John): Jacob is so honored to be making his San Diego REP debut in this very special show. His regional credits include the role of Colin Craven in The Secret Garden (New Village Arts Theater); Michael Darling in Peter Pan (Moonlight Theater); JoJo in Seussical (San Diego Christian College) and Dr. Pinch in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors (Theater Arts School of San Diego). Jacob provided the voice for Albeeno Hippo in The Gools, an animated film to be released later this year, and recently appeared in Modern Family and Fresh Off the Boat.
 
Luke Renner (Christian): Luke is thrilled to be a part of the Fun Home cast! He is a 5th grade student at Ocean Air School in Torrey Hills and has appeared in several of his elementary school musicals. Luke recently appeared as First Mate in Junior Theatre’s production, Pirates Past Noon.
 
 
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