February 24, 2023 - April 2, 2023
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score!
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by William Thomas Hodgson
Assistant Directed by Sam Jackson
Music Directed by Michael Patrick Wiles
About the Show
"An emotionally-packed piece of theatre, full of joy, heart, sorrow and uncomfortable reality."
—Adam Hetrick, Playbill.com
"Fun Home doesn’t just find a way to worm itself into your heart, but with its wholesome love and ambiguous imperfections, it also manages to stay there."
—Debbie Zhou, The Guardian
"A beautiful heartbreaker of a musical."
—Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Adapted from Alison Bechdel's groundbreaking graphic novel, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home and through tender, poignant and hilarious vignettes, she grapples with the undercurrent of secrets that exist within families.
Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes. No intermission.
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"Fun Home is a musical you need to see a second and third time...don’t miss this perfect production."
—Vince Mediaa, VmediArts
“Fun Home bursts with love & feeling...Director [William] Hodgson’s emotion-packed production is a beauty."
—Bailey Huston, Umut Yalcinkaya, and Philippa Kelly, Theatrius
Fun Home invites you to open the door into the life and memories of successful cartoonist Alison Bechdel as she moves between two time periods in her life—her childhood and her college years.
Small Alison (childhood) struggles against her father Bruce's obsessive demands, her mother Helen’s seeming indifference, and the first hints of her sexual identity. She longs for her father to play airplane with her, doesn’t care to wear dresses and be conventionally feminine, and seeks out attention from her parents that is hard to come by as they deal with their marital issues behind closed doors... Read more here.
What is a Pay What You Can performance?
Berkeley Playhouse presents one Pay What you Can performance for each of our productions. This promotion is cash only at the door - no reservations required. Seating is general admission. We suggest a donation of $20, but can accept a minimum of $5. The box office will open at 6pm on the night of the performance to begin the sale of Pay What You Can tickets. There is a limit of 6 tickets per purchaser.