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‘Fun Home’ at Farmers Alley opening June 7

Preview June 01, 2019 Anne Kiley

‘Fun Home’ at Farmers Alley

KALAMAZOO—Farmers Alley Theatre offers Fun Home, running June 7-23 at the theater’s original location in downtown Kalamazoo. Tickets are $37 on Fri/Sat/Sun and $32 on Thursdays. $2 off for Seniors age 65 and above. Student tickets are $15. Ticket reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at (269) 343-2727 or visiting www.farmersalleytheatre.com.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this true story centers around Alison and her complex relationship with her father, Bruce at three distinct parts of her life. Written by Kalamazoo College alum Lisa Kron with music by Jeanine Tesori, this  was the first musical on Broadway to win the Tony award for Best Musical with an all-female writing team.

“This show is so timely and of the moment,” shares Artistic Director Jeremy Koch. “The representation onstage is truly transformative, and all audiences will strongly relate with Alison’s story on some level.”

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 life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

Fun Home at Farmers Alley is directed by Kathy Mulay. Cole P. Abod serves as the production’s music director. Michele Maika Berg comes to Farmers Alley Theatre from California to play the pivotal role of Alison Bechdel. Connecticut’s Megan O’Callaghan portrays Alison as a college student at Oberlin University. Local phenom Carly Koch will play Alison at age 10. The role of Alison’s father, Bruce Bechdel will be played by Tony Humrichouser. Denene Mulay Koch plays Alison’s mother, Helen. Local talent Jesus Barajas, William Pierce, Brady White and Emma Wineman round out the cast.

Week of 6/17/2019

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