The Three Faces of Alison (From left to right: Analisa Peyton, Sasha Denenberg, and Angie Heim)
Omaha, NE–Fun Home–winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize–will be showing at the Omaha Community Playhouse in the Howard Drew Theatre from Aug 17-Sept 16.
Based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is a story of self-discovery and navigating challenging family dynamics. When Alison’s father dies unexpectedly, she explores her past to tell the story of their tumultuous relationship. The brilliant storytelling moves between the past and the present, while Alison relives her unique childhood playing in her family’s funeral home and her discovery of her own sexuality.
Fun Home is a refreshingly honest and moving story that takes us on a cathartic journey of seeing our parents through grown-up eyes.
“It really does go over our expectations we sometimes have of our parents and how they can’t be superheroes,” said actress Angie Heim. Heim’s character, Alison, leads the audience on an emotional journey told through the exchange of memories and present-day introspection. “She goes through looking at these memories fondly, but also looking at the painful memories as well–and you get to see that through her experience on stage.”
The production is directed by Roxanne Wach, a theatre veteran who has been directing on Omaha stages for nearly fifty years. Wach says audiences will find personal connections to the universal themes and experiences in the show. “The story is not just Alison’s journey–it’s a quest we’re all on.”
Fun Home opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse on Aug 17 and runs through Sept 16. Due to high demand, Wednesday shows have been added to this production. Tickets are available at www.ticketomaha.com or through the OCP box office by calling 402-553-0800 or visiting 6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE. For more information, please visit www.omahaplayhouse.com.
In addition to the production itself, the Omaha Community Playhouse, in conjunction with Orchestra Sponsor, UNMC, have created a number of programming events surrounding the themes of the production such as suicide prevention, topics in LGBTQIA, and a discussion of graphic novels. Special Events are as follows:
–Dundee Book Company will be on site selling the Fun Home graphic novel and other books relating to themes in the show.
–A graphic artist will be set up in the lobby drawing character sketches of attendees. OCP will post these sketches on the walls of the Howard Drew Theatre as well as on social media.
–UNMC will be distributing information about topics in mental health.
–“Talk Back” discussion will be held after the performance on the topic of suicide. Dr. Amanda Randall, Director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at UNO, Janae Shillito, Community Relations Director of the Kim Foundation and members of the Fun Home cast will discuss mental health related topics raised in the production.
–“Talk Back” discussion will be held after the performance on the topic of graphic novels and language. Frank Bramlett, PhD, Professor in the English Dept at UNO and TESOL Program Director, along with members of the Fun Home cast will discuss the literary world of graphic novels.
–A Science Cafe will be held at 7pm at The Slowdown to discuss mental health and suicide. The speaker will be Jonathan Sikorski, PhD, department of Psychology at UNMC.
Production: Fun Home (Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel)
Music By: Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron
Show Dates: Aug 17-Sept 16 (Wed-Sun in the Howard Drew Theatre)
Director: Roxanne Wach
Sasha Denenberg as Small Alison
Analisa Peyton as Medium Alison
Angie Heim as Adult Alison
Michael Trutna as Bruce
Jennifer Gilg as Helen
Julia Ervin as Joan
Tyson Bentley as John
Ryan Laughlin as Christian
Josh Peyton as the Male Ensemble