Written by Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, & Alison Bechdel
Directed by Vaughn Irving
Audition Date: (by appointment)
Saturday, March 30th – 10:30am to 1pm
Sunday, March 31st – 1pm to 3:30pm
Callbacks: (by invitation only) Monday, April 1st, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
The NEW Playhouse Workshops
3218 Calle Marie, Unit B
Santa Fe • 87507
Rehearsal – April 22nd – June 12th
Performances – June 13th – June 30th, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30p, Sunday at 2:00p
(possibility of added performances on Sat. afternoons or Sun. evenings. Extra pay will be provided in the case of added performances)
Pay – $200 stipend
In Attendance: Director Vaughn Irving; Co-Music Directors/Accompanist Deborah Dennard; Co-Music Director Gretchen Amstutz
Preparation: 16 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song. Please bring legible sheet music, in the proper key. No transposing will be possible.
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.
“The Best Broadway Musical in years, with the finest score in a decade.”
2015 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical
Best Musical – New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award
2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
ALISON – 43 years old, female; lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; Alison is stuck artistically, and goes in search of the pieces of the story of her father’s demise in an effort to heal herself. Range: Alto – low E to belt C#5.
MEDIUM ALISON – 18-22, female; Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College (able to play 19), discovering her sexuality; incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex. Range: Alto – strong mix-belt to C and mix to E5.
SMALL ALISON – 9-11, female; Alison Bechdel as a child; precocious and opinionated, yet because of the era she’s growing up in, she doesn’t have the vocabulary to fully define herself. Range: B to B
BRUCE BECHDEL – 40-55, Male; Alison’s father; high-school English teacher, funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger. Range: Baritone B to G.
HELEN BECHDEL – 35-50, female; Alison’s mother; intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity; formerly a promising actress, she is frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage. Range: Mezzo – A flat to strong mixed E5
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – 8-12, male; Alison’s brother, he tries to be the leader but is overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well.
JOHN BECHDEL – 6-12, male; Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well.
ROY/MARK/PETE/BOBBY JEREMY – 18-30, male; Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination. Good-looking singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound. Range: High pop tenor to a B4.
JOAN – a student at Oberlin; she exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian. Range: Alto – must handle harmonies very well but no solo singing.