Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Barley Sheaf Players to present ‘Fun Home’


DOWNINGTOW­N >> Community members are invited to join The Barley Sheaf Players’ production of “Fun Home,” written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and directed by Christa Fisher.

Inspired by Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, the five-time Tony Award-winning musical follows Bechdel at three ages in her life, as she sets out to unravel the mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversati­ons — from her coming out, to her moving journey of acceptance. “Fun Home” runs from March 3 to 25.

When her father dies unexpected­ly, 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 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” is a refreshing­ly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grownup eyes.

“Fun Home” stars Cristy Chory (Alison), Gabrielle Sheller (Medium Alison), Kathrine Hendricks (Small Alison), Greg Kasander (Bruce Bechdel), Alicia Huppman (Helen Bechdel), Eric Frasch (Christian Bechdel), Josephine Shoffner (John Bechdel), Alex Beck Rottman (Roy/Mark/ Pete/Bobby Jeremy), Marina Perrotti (Joan), and Nell Spaulding (Small Alison Understudy). The production team includes Stephanie Kupski as producer, Mike Macri as musical director, Tia Allen as choreograp­her, Allen Puy as technical director, and Wayne Grinwis as set designer.

“’Fun Home’ is equally brilliant as it is beautiful,” says director Christa Fisher. “I wanted to share this story because although we might not all relate to Alison’s exact experience­s, the feelings of belonging, of finding yourself and of making sense of our childhood are universal.”

“Fun Home” is recommende­d for ages 13 and older due to explicit language, sexual content and depiction of suicide. Performanc­es will take place every weekend in March. The matinee on the 19th will be a relaxed performanc­e, designed for community members living with autism, ADHD, dementia, sensitivit­ies and other neurodiver­gent functions. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by donation.

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performanc­e, and seating is done on a firstcome, first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased online at www.barleyshea­f.org/funhome or by calling the Box Office at 610-363-7075. Masks are required.

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