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Fun Home

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama, Adaptations (Literature), Biography
  • 90 minutes

  • Time Period: New Millennium / 21st Century, Present Day, Contemporary, 1970s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Senior, Adult
  • Set Requirements: The Bechdel family's home; the Bechdel's family-owned funeral home; and Oberlin College
  • Cautions: Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo, Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! Tony Awards, Finalist! The Pulitzer Price for Drama
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.


"A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping."

 The New York Times

"The best musical of the season."

 New York Magazine

"Few shows are as moving, relatable, and funny."

 Associated Press

"The Best Broadway Musical in years, with the finest score in a decade."

 Huffington Post

"Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse."

 Chicago Tribune

FIVE STARS. "Fun Home has enormous intelligence and sensitivity. It's not your ordinary Broadway musical, because it is extraordinary."

 Time Out New York

Premiere Production: Fun Home received its world premiere at The Public Theater in New York City in October of 2012, under the direction of Sam Gold.
  • Casting: 4M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Flexible casting, Non-Traditional casting, Features Children, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Casting Notes: 2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

  • ALISON - 43 years old, a cartoonist
    MEDIUM ALISON - 19 years old, a college freshman
    SMALL ALISON - around 9 years old
    BRUCE BECHDEL - Alison's father
    HELEN BECHDEL - Alison's mother
    CHRISTIAN BECHDEL - Alison's brother, around 10 years old
    JOHN BECHDEL - Alison's brother, around 6 years old
    ROY - a young man Bruce hires to do yard work
    MARK - a high school junior
    JOAN - a college student
    PETE - a mourner
    Bobby Jeremy and the Susan Deys, imaginary television characters
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