Fun Home


Date: September 19, 2018 — October 14, 2018
Days & Times:

Tuesday - Thursday at 7 pm
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
No performance Sept. 23

Running Time: 90 minutes
Price: $35-40

Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Ashley Brooke Monroe
Musical Direction by Bob Wilder


Presented with generous support from:

Summary

Every now and again, a show comes along that touches and surprises us in a way that only musical theater can. Called groundbreaking and unforgettable, Fun Home was the hit of the 2015 Broadway season and winner of 5 Tony Awards including “Best Musical.” Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages in her life, “using her pen to draw her past into perspective.” Ben Brantley, New York Times.

Fun Home is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Cast

Alison Bechdel
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Amanda Collins* (Alison Bechdel) Previously at Cape Rep: Men on Boats, My Name is Asher Lev, and Good Bye, Mary Rose. Regional theatre: Old Money (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); To Kill A Mockingbird, The Totalitarians, Out of Sterno (IRNE Nomination, Best Actress), This Is Our Youth, 9 Circles (Gloucester Stage); A Behanding in Spokane, The Bald Soprano, Speech and Debate, Shortstack, Colorado, and What Then (WHAT); The Seagull (Harbor Stage/Modern Theatre); When The World Was Green, An Ideal Husband (American Stage, Florida); Back the Night and Elemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights’); Women Who Mapped The Stars, Saving Kitty (with Jennifer Coolidge), and The Life of Galileo (Central Square Theater); Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theater); and Jester’s Dead (The Outfit in NYC). She was a founding member of Harbor Stage Company and will be seen later this season in Merrimack Rep’s production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Castle Rock (Hulu) and Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot). Film: Sea of Trees.

Medium Alison
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Ashlyn Inman (Medium Alison) Ashlyn is overjoyed to return to the Cape Rep stage after playing Ali in Mamma Mia! Ashlyn is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University (BFA Musical Theater) and is currently living in New York. Select university credits include Oklahoma! (Laurey), Spring Awakening (Thea), and Pride and Prejudice (Lydia). Many thanks to Janine Perry and the creative team at Cape Rep for this opportunity; and to Mom, Dad, and Noah for their never-ending support.

Small Alison
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Carly Williams (Small Alison) is excited to be making her Cape Rep debut! Regional credits include To Kill a Mockingbird (2018 IRNE Nomination – Promising Young Performer; Gloucester Stage Co.),  Fiddler on the Roof (New Rep Theatre), Billy Elliot (Ocean State Theatre), Charlotte’s Web (Wheelock Family Theatre),  A Year with Frog & Toad (Wheelock Family Theatre) and Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre). She has also performed in numerous productions at the Capachione School of Performing Arts. She is grateful to the Cape Rep team for giving her this amazing opportunity. Special thanks to Amanda and Lewis, Eli Bigelow, Douglas Jabara and Michael Dunn (Broadway Kids Auditions). Love to Mom, Dad, and her three brothers.

Bruce Bechdel
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Richard Jay Sullivan* (Bruce Bechdel) Audiences may remember him from past Cape Rep productions of A New Brain (Roger),The Woman In Black (The Actor/Arthur Kipps), Good People (Mike), Mack and Mabel (Mack Sennett), Eurydice (Father), A Class Act (Ed Kleban), Sunday in the Park with George (George) and La Cage Aux Folles (Georges). As director, Born Yesterday (Cape Rep), Two Daughters (W.H.A.T.), Antigone, Man of La Mancha, Secret Garden, Big River (HJT). Off Broadway and Regional acting credits: Circle Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival among others. BFA- Hofstra University; MFA- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PTTP. Member – AEA. Special thanks to voice teacher Michael Meraw. So grateful for his family, Jared, Penny and Alice.

Helen Bechdel
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Maura Hanlon (Helen Bechdel) is Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed many, many plays, been the sound designer for many, many more, and written a show or two (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace!, and this year’s YoCo adaptation of Great Expectations). An actor in her former life in productions that ran the gamut from classical to comedy, musical to drama, she came out of retirement after many years to play the title character in Cape Rep’s 2010 production of The Drowsy Chaperone, followed by her turns as Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Quincy/Bart in Mr. Burns: a post-electric play. She played Rosie in this season’s Mamma Mia! A Holy Cross graduate, Mo studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. She directed Cape Rep’s season opener, Merrily We Roll Along, and will close our season as director of Shakespeare in Love. As ever, many thanks to Art, Paddo, Seamus and Macklin for their never-ending support and patience. maurahanlon.com

Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy
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Dan Prior (Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy) is delighted to be making his Cape Rep debut! New England credits include Cabaret (Moonbox); The Liar (Wellesley Rep); The Music Man (Theatre by the Sea); Sense and Sensibility (Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company); Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre); A Man of No Importance (Bad Habit Productions); Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre); The Last Five Years (Arts After Hours);  and Polish Joke (Titanic Theatre Company). A Boston based actor, writer, musician and voice teacher, Dan attended Ithaca College and received a BM in Vocal Performance and Education. He is a proud company member of Theatre Espresso. danpriorperformance.com

Joan
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Brittany Rolfs* (Joan) is pumped to be making her Cape Rep debut in Fun Home. Recent credits include Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Shrek, Miss Holmes, The Miracle Worker, Lizzie Borden, Taste of Sunrise, and  The Marvelous Wonderettes at theatre companies including HJT/CCTC, Wheelock Family Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Ocean State Theatre Company, and The Company Theatre. When not on stage Brittany is a teaching artist, director, costume designer, and Bodhi’s mom.

Christian Bechdel
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Tyler Brackett (Christian Bechdel) is an 8th grader at Monomoy Regional High School. He is excited to be part of this show, his first at Cape Rep. Favorite past performances include Little Mermaid (CCTC), Sleepy Hollow (CCTC) and Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (CCfTA and CCSO). A special thanks to Bob Wilder for all his help.

John Bechdel
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Julien Lajoie (John Bechdel) is thrilled to be back at Cape Rep after appearing in this season’s opener as Frank Jr. in Merrily We Roll Along, and ‘small boy’ in last summer’s hit, Billy Elliot. Other credits: Music Man (Cape Playhouse), Seussical, Oliver, Shrek (CCTC/HJT), A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown’s Christmas (APA). Julien enjoyed this summer bay sailing next door at the Cape Cod Sea Camps, fishing, and being a background actor in the movie, Man of War, filmed in Chatham. He’s looking forward to the 7th grade at Nauset and pursuing his passion for math and science, soccer, and hip hop.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director
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Ashley Brooke Monroe (Director) is a New York-based theatre director whose primary interest is in developing new plays and musicals. Recent musicals under her direction include The Goree All-Girl String Band, In Real Life: A Slenderman Musical, Paris Girls, and Beginnings featuring the music of the band Chicago. She works as the associate director for the Broadway production of Indecent, for which Rebecca Taichman won the Tony for Best Director. This coming spring she will work on Indecent at the Huntington Theater in Boston and CTG in LA. She has also assisted Sam Gold on the original Broadway and National Tour production of Fun Home,The Glass Menagerie featuring Sally Field and The Mystery of Love and Sex at Lincoln Center. She often creates site-specific work, including the outdoor productions What We’ll Do by Sheila Callaghan and Red Sky at Night by Blake Bishton. She has developed work with Classic Stage Company,  New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Musical Theater Factory, The Culture Project, The Flea, Soho Rep,  IRT, and Special Sauce Company. Originally from Austin, TX, Ashley holds a BFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Oklahoma.

Musical Director
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Robert Wilder (Musical Director) received his music training as a flutist, pianist, and harpsichordist. While earning a Masters Degree at Ohio University, his interests changed to piano accompaniment and theater. Robert has been a musical director at the Cleveland Playhouse, off-off Broadway, and several universities. On the Cape, he has worked at the Monomoy Theatre, Academy Playhouse, the Provincetown Repertory Theatre and at Cape Rep where he most recently musically directed A New Brain. Robert currently is the Musical Director at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theater and has directed and musically directed productions of Seussical, Madeline’s Christmas, Promises, Promises, Always…Patsy Cline, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Sister Act, The Pirates of Penzance and The Marvelous Wonderettes. His musical director credits include The Secret Garden, Big River, Little Women, The Robber Bridegroom, Into the Woods and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Choreography
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BRANDON POWERS is a director + choreographer from New York City creating new experiences at the intersection of technology, immersive dance. He has collaborated with Lance Weiler on the AI-powered immersive installations, Frankenstein AI, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things (NY Film Festival/Lincoln Center). Last year he worked alongside Andy Blankenbuehler for Bandstand (Broadway/Paper Mill Playhouse). He is committed to sharing his process in virtual spaces, regularly posting to Instagram and YouTube. Directing + choreography credits include: And It Felt Like A Kiss (HERE, chashama, Dixon Place), Pink Milk (Oracle Productions, Jeff Nomination: Best Choreography); choreography credits include: Jupiter’s Lifeless Moons (Performance Space NY COIL Festival), The Goree All-Girl String Band (NYMF), Riot Antigone (La MaMa, Ars Nova, Prelude Festival), Arden/Everywhere (BPAC), What Are We? (film). Brandon is a proud graduate of Northwestern University, Associate Member of SDC, Collective Member of the 92Y Musical Theatre Development Lab, and team member of Musical Theatre Factory where he is the Co-Chair of the Director/Choreographer Coalition. Instagram: @bpow33; www.brandon-powers.com

Scenic Design
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Ryan McGettigan (Scenic Design) Ryan is a Houston-based scenic designer of theater, opera, and dance working across the country and Europe. He is the Resident Designer at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, MA as well as a Company Artist with Prague Shakespeare Company and the Classical Theatre Company of Houston. Regional Credits: Theatre under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Cape Rep, Abilene Shakespeare Festival, Legacy Theatre, Prague Shakespeare Company. Opera and Dance: Glimmerglass Festival, New Orleans Opera, Opera San Jose, HGOco, Open Dance Project, and the Houston Ballet. Recent and Upcoming: Cape Rep: Shakespeare in Love. Glimmerglass Festival: Cunning Little Vixen. More at www.RyanMcGettigan.com

Costume Design
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Robin McLaughlin (Costume Design) was resident costume designer at Cape Rep Theatre for many years. After several years in California she is very happy to be back East to work at Cape Rep once again. She continues to be a nationally known designer of hand made journey bags and has added custom wedding accessories to her collection.

Lighting Design
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David A. Sexton is a Brooklyn-based designer who’s excited to be working with Cape Rep for the first time. Selected credits include Damn Yankees, Ragtime (Park Playhouse), The Prince and the Pauper, My Fair Lady (Quintessence eater Group), Kragtar: An American Monster Musical ( Third Space Theater), What’s Your Wish ( Thicket and Thistle), Pippin, Sweet Charity (Broadway Workshop), How To Be a Good Witch (Pantochino Productions), Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre Company, North American Tour), La Cage Aux Folles (Cortland Rep), Doubt, White Christmas (Ocean State Theater Company), Stu Nobody Likes, Spring Fling (F*it Club), Silken Veils and Solider Bear (Pantea Productions), Batboy (First Stage). Associate member of the Wooster Group in NY. Winner of the SALT award and NY Innovative Theater Award. DavidaSexton.com

Production Stage Manager
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Kate Gulden (Production Stage Manager) has previously stage managed eleven shows at Cape Rep from 9-Ball (2013) to this season’s The Tuna Goddess, and served as Production Stage Manager for the 2017 & 2018 seasons. Other favorite credits include stage manager at Chestnut Street Playhouse (The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!) and Bartlett Theatre (The Glass Menagerie, Crumbs from the Table of Joy). Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts.

Stage Manager
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Mairead Kress (Stage Manager) is very excited to be working with Cape Rep Theatre. Recent Stage Management Credits include The Planetary Connections Festivities (The Floor is Lava), FringeNYC (The Fucking Problem), Gettysburg College (Speech & Debate, You Got Older); Assistant Stage Manager with New York Society Library (Sehnsucht) and The Shelter NYC (The Red Room). Mairead also works in directing, playwriting, and scenic and light design. She recently graduated Gettysburg College in Spring of 2018 with a dual degree in English Literature and Theatre Arts.

Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker/Focalpoint Studio.

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