Escondido, CA

Patio Playhouse Community Theater presents “Fun Home”

The cast of “Fun Home”: L to R: Rory Nolte, Charlie Ashcraft, Lorenzo Olivieri, Sydney Joyner, Caitlin Groome, Dani Leandra, David Guthrie, Keri Miller, Emma Delaware, Zoe Carnot, Kevin Phan

Patio Playhouse Community Theater presents “Fun Home,” the critically-acclaimed musical by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, based on the graphic novel- “Fun Home,” memoir by Alison Bechdel. The New York Times called it “a beautiful heartbreaker of a musical,” and its many accolades include the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, the historic first Tony Award for an all-female writing team (Kron and Tesori) for Best Score, and finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Inspired by Bechdel’s youth, the show is narrated by grown Alison, whose story parallels her own sexual awakening with the closeted double life of her brilliant and enigmatic father. 

Moving between past and present with the aid of her younger selves, Small Alison and Medium Alison, our narrator relives her childhood in the Bechdel Funeral Home with her parents and brothers, her own coming-out journey, and the mystery and tragedy of her father’s life. “Fun Home” is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Note: “Fun Home” has some adult language and themes.

The cast includes Dani Leandra (Alison), Caitlin Groome (Medium Alison), Emma Delaware (Small Alison), David Guthrie (Bruce), Keri Miller (Helen), Sydney Joyner (Joan), Kevin Phan (Roy/Bobby Jeremy), Lorenzo Olivieri (Christian) Charlie Ashcraft (John), Rory Nolte (u/s Medium Alison and Joan) and Zoe Carnot (u/s Small Alison.)

Patio Playhouse’s production of “Fun Home” is partnering with The San Diego LGBT Community Center. The mission of the Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community, empower community members, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights, and embrace, promote and support cultural diversity. 

Tickets: Performances of Fun Home will run through Sunday, February 9, 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2 at Patio’s mainstage theater at 116 W. Kalmia Ave. in downtown Escondido. Tickets are available for $22 for Adults, $20 for Seniors/Military/Students, and $15 for Youth 16 and under. 

Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at 760-746-6669, via email, or via the website Directed by Matt FitzGerald. Produced by Kelli Harless and Andy Lukes.  Music direction by Emily Awkerman. Choreographed by Danielle Muckle. Licensed by arrangement with Samuel French.

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