American Theatre Company presents the Oklahoma Premiere of Tony-Winner Fun Home
Tulsa, OK – American Theatre Company is honored to announce the Oklahoma premiere of 2015’s Tony winner for Best Musical, Fun Home with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (Tony winner for Best Book of a Musical) and music by Jeanine Tesori (Tony winner for Best Score,) based on the award-winning graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.
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 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 grown-up eyes.
Directed by Jana Ellis, ATC’s production features Tulsa legend Mike Pryor as Bruce Bechdel, with Paulette Record as Alison, Morgan Allen as college-age Alison and Jenna Davis as small Alison. Cathy Rose plays Alison’s mother Helen, brothers Christian and John are portrayed by Sam Robson and Bella Ingersoll. Alison’s college love Joan is played by Crystal Kraacht and the show also features Charles Davis. Set Design is by Rich Goss, lighting is by Keith Sowinski.
The show opens Saturday, October 21 in the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with performances through Saturday, October 28. Tickets available at myticketoffice.com, or by calling 918-596-7111.
About American Theatre Company
In the summer of 1970 a group of former University of Tulsa students under the leadership and the guiding hand of Ms. Kitty Roberts founded what was destined to become the American Theatre Company. The theatre was founded to develop a professionally oriented theatrical experience with the aim of establishing a resident professional company. ATC was named the official resident theatre at Philbrook Art Center where they premiered the long-running holiday musical A Christmas Carol. With the opening of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, ATC had a new home and is one of the few, if not the only, performing arts groups to have utilized all of the performing spaces in the building.
In the late 1970’s, ATC became the only nationally recognized resident professional theatre in Oklahoma. In 1979 ATC began doing shows in their “second stage” at the Brook Theatre which they had converted into a legitimate theatre. The Brook and ATC are credited with, if not starting, at least greatly helping the start of the revitalization of Brookside. ATC occupied the Brook for eight years before consolidating the season again at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
ATC now performs shows both at the PAC and at their home studio in the East Village of Downtown Tulsa.