FUN HOME

Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori

Directed by Karla Hartley
GROW UP. OUT LOUD.
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark piece of theatre can. This groundbreaking and life-affirming new musical was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike and garnering five Tony Awards. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages. We follow her as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood in this refreshingly honest and intimate musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies
the place where we all grew up”
The New York Times

Winner of 5 Tony Awards Including Best Musical

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Age Recommendation: 14+

JULY 17 – AUGUST 18, 2019

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KRISTIN CARBONE* (Helen Bechdel) Broadway: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA (Crazy Marie), MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Banks), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Tzeitel) and INTO THE WOODS (Milky White, the cow). 1st National tours of SHOWBOAT (Magnolia) and Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Regionally, favorite roles include Daisy Gamble in ON A CLEAR DAY… at TheatreZone, Christine in PHANTOM (Walnut Street Theatre), Marian in THE MUSIC MAN (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Amalia in SHE LOVES ME and Julie in CAROUSEL (West Virginia Public Theatre) Nina in DEAR WORLD (Goodspeed), Lilli/Kate in KISS ME, KATE and Abigail Adams in 1776 (Lyceum Theatre). Kristin is also an accomplished concert artist, having toured internationally with Michael Crawford, and with her own concert group, BROADWAY 2X2. After a 25-year career in New York City as a professional actor, Kristin has joyously recently relocated to the Tampa Bay Area with her family. M, L & J, you are my heart. www.kristincarbone.com.

BRINLEY DEGWERT (Christian Bechdel) was most recently seen as Gandry in the world premiere READY STEADY YETI GO (Stage Works). Previously performed as Ignatius Dullfeet in ARTURO UI (Stage Works partnership with Blake Theater); Fiddler John in PARADE (FAOPA); Agwe in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (FAOPA); Baby John in WEST SIDE STORY (FAOPA); and  Mr. Bucket in WILLY WONKA (Patel Conservatory at Straz). A soon to be junior attending a Performing Arts Magnet high school in downtown Tampa, Blake High School.

TANNER GRANT (John Bechdel) is a twelve year old that lives locally here in Saint Petersburg, Florida. This is his first professional role with American Stage. He has performed numerous shows with City Theatre — these shows include Hans in FROZEN; Luke in CAMP ROCK; Gomez in ADDAMS FAMILY; Jimmy in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; Bert in MARY POPPINS; Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Aladdin in ALADDIN; Grandpa Joe in WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; Flounder in THE LITTLE MERMAID; and a handful of other fan favorites. He is thrilled to perform in FUN HOME, and share his passion for the performing arts. When he isn’t on stage he enjoys playing piano, reading, and hanging with friends.

ADRIANNE HICK* (Alison) is a native New Yorker, and is honored to be making her American Stage debut! She has been seen on the Nat’l Tour of LES MISERABLES, and the Int’l Tour of JEKYLL & HYDE. Recent regional credits include Alice in BRIGHT STAR; Linda in HOLIDAY INN; Billie in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT; Narrator in JOSEPH; Annas in JESUS CHRIST; SUPERSTAR; Velma in HAIRSPRAY (Surflight Theatre); Nellie in SOUTH PACIFIC (Wick Theatre & Ivoryton Playhouse); April in COMPANY (Lyric Stage Company); Sally in BURT & ME (Ivoryton Playhouse); Kate in OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY (Hampton Theatre Company); THE LARAMIE PROJECT in NYC; and THROUGH THE INVISIBLE DOOR (MTL Theatre). Up next, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Asolo Repertory Theatre). www.adriannehick.com

DAVID MANN* (Bruce Bechdel) Locally, audiences may have seen David as Emcee in CABARET, Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (FreeFall Theatre), or Edgar in KING LEAR (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre). National credits include Brodie in THE REAL THING (The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse); PERMANENT COLLECTION and THE MARRIAGE MINUET (Florida Stage); and the title role in HAMLET; (New Theatre). David teaches theatre at Tampa Preparatory School, and holds a BFA from NYU and an MFA from The Old Globe. He would like to thank his family for, well, just about everything, and American Stage for this opportunity.

MOLLIE POSNIK (Medium Alison) could not be more excited to be making her American Stage debut! New York/Regional credits THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (Majestic Theatre); ARROWHEAD: A NEW MUSICAL (AEA Reading); LOVE ME TENDER (The Wild Project); SOMETIMES LOVE with Richard Chamberlain; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; MARY POPPINS and I SAW MY NEIGHBOR… (Berkshire Theatre Group). Film credits Ben Platt’s “Temporary Love” music video (Atlantic Records). She is a proud graduate of the University of Tampa’s Musical Theatre BFA program. A million thanks to the cast, crew and everyone at the American Stage. Love and thanks to all of her family and friends. In honor of Mom, in memory of Dad. IG: @mollieposnik

XAVIER REYES* (Roy/Bobby/Jeremy/Mark/Pete) is grateful to be telling this beautiful and important story. A story teller from Puerto Rico, he left home to pursue his craft and holds a B.F.A. from Ithaca College. Favorite credits include SWEAT; HAIR; the 1ST NATIONAL TOUR OF KINKY BOOTS; RENT; IN THE HEIGHTS; WEST SIDE STORY and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Xavier hopes to continue changing lives through his work. Thank you to all of the humans who have paved the way before. Thanks to everyone that helps me film self-tapes and learn sides. Thank you, audience member, for supporting the arts and my parents for keeping me sane. IG: @XavierReyesActor

MERCY ROBERTS (Small Alison) is excited to debut at American Stage in her first professional show! Mercy has performed in 18 school and community musicals in Tampa. Her favorite roles have been Ti Moune in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR.; Tess in CAMP ROCK; Tinker Bell in PETER PAN; and Annie in ANNIE. Mercy received awards for “Outstanding Actress” and “Critic’s Choice” at the 2018-19 Florida Jr. Thespian District One Act competition and “Critic’s Choice Duet” at the 2017-18 Florida State Jr. Thespian competition. Mercy is 14, a recent graduate of Corbett Preparatory’s middle school, and a rising freshman at Berkeley Preparatory School. Mercy is grateful to everyone involved in Fun Home for this very special experience and would like to thank Katy Decker, Emilia Sargent, Jeremy Silverman, and Seth Travaglino for years of training, love, and encouragement.

SKYLER ROSENTHAL (Joan) is thrilled to be seen in her first American Stage production. She graduated this past May with a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Tampa. Skyler was most recently seen as Sergeant in PIRATES OF PENZANCE (University of Tampa). You may have also seen her as a Hotbox Girl in GUYS AND DOLLS; female ensemble in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT; and as Usherette in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (UT). Skyler would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union

Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE

A performance primer! Join us 30 minutes before the performance and enrich your play-going experience with an engaging discussion that explores fascinating details about the play and the artists.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES*

July 7, 2019 | Book Now

Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia. She provides insights into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

Spotlight Series: CHATBACK

July 25, 28, August 4, & 11
Immediately following select performances, chat with the artists and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, and respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.

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