FUN HOME

music by Jeanine Tesori

book & lyrics by Lisa Kron

based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

April 4-May 13, 2018

Utah Premiere

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical

Description

Set in three stages of a woman’s life, FUN HOME tells a universal detective story about a child’s search to discover what is really going on with her parents as they hold up the perfect family façade. Heart-gripping songs about sexual awakening, repressed emotions, deep secrets, yearning, resentment, love. Home.

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Jason Bowcutt (Director) is thrilled to be working with Salt Lake Acting Company once again. His previous directing credits include: ONE BIG UNION by Debora Threedy, MARRY CHRISTMAS by Elaine Jarvik and ADAM AND STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA by Matthew Greene for Plan-B Theatre Company; THE OTHER PLACE and [TITLE OF SHOW] for Utah Repertory Theatre Company; REASONS TO BE PRETTY for the U of U Theatre Lab, and Lisa Krons’ WELL  for Pygmalion Productions. In Utah he has acted in Plan-B’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY, and END OF THE HORIZON, Pioneer Theatre Company’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and, long ago, Salt Lake Acting Company’s LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Jason has worked for a number of Theatres across the country including: The Guthrie Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and many others. In New York he played Nathan Leopold in John Logan’s NEVER THE SINNER for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as well as a Drama Desk Award for his work. Jason is one of the Co-Founding Directors of the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation (the IT Awards), a community-building organization for the Off-Off-Broadway Theatre community.

Justin Ivie (Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actors’ Equity who is thrilled be a part of SLAC’s 47th season! This is Justin’s fifth time stage managing for SLAC (STREETLIGHT WOODPECKER, WINTER, HAND TO GOD, MERCURY) and SLAC audiences may recognize him from his acting work as Dev in STUPID F*CKING BIRD, Jones in TOO MUCH MEMORY, and a nine-time cast member of SATURDAY’S VOYEUR. Justin has also directed SLAC’s readings of GRANT & TWAIN and BANG-BANG (PAUSE) BANG. His many other local acting credits include appearances with Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Egyptian Theatre Company, and Old Lyric Repertory Theatre. As a director, he has staged DRIVING MISS DAISY and many seasons of THE SENIOR THEATRE PROJECT and SENIOR STAGES for Walk-Ons, Inc. He’s also directed Arthur Miller’s THE PRICE for The OtherSide Players and JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL for OurSpace Theatre Company. A Weber State alumnus, Justin earned his MFA in Acting at Northern Illinois University. He has taught theatre and communications at LDS Business College, NIU, Triton College, and Weber State. Justin also designs scenery, props and theatrical masks, writes an occasional play, and sometimes even plays his banjo (when he's pretty sure no one is listening).

Nancy Hills (Costume Design) was born in a Studebaker in San Mateo, California. She is a Full Professor at Utah State University and head of the Theatre Costume Design program at USU’s Caine College of the Arts. Her favorite plays to design are period pieces which include LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, GOOD NIGHT DESDEMONA, GOOD MORNING JULIET, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, AMADEUS, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE MISER, ENCHANTED APRIL, OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, EMMA, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and THE MISER. She also designed at the Artist Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon including NEXT TO NORMAL, AND SO IT GOES, THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, and BLITHE SPIRIT and the Salt Lake Acting Company world premieres of STREETLIGHT WOODPECKER and WINTER. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries in London where she was funded to take patterns from two historic clothing collections in Herefordshire; the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery housed at the Resource Center in Hereford and the Charles Wade collection housed at Berrington Hall in Leominster United Kingdom.  Both Berrington Hall and The Hereford Museum hosted exhibits of white garments made from the patterns.  Those exhibits were called Symphony in White and Shades of White.  A Utah exhibit of the Shades of White garments will be on display at USU’s Tippets Art Gallery in the fall of 2018. In 2013 Nancy give a TEDxTalk, which can be found on YouTube on the impact of WWII on clothing called, Make Do and Mend. She is the mother of twin sons, Douglas and Tristan.

Michael J. Horejsi (Light Design) is an Assistant Professor in the Performing Arts Design Program in the Department of Theatre at The University of Utah, where he teaches Lighting Design, Video & Multi Media Design, and Drawing & Rendering. He has an MFA in Design and Technical Theatre from The University of Minnesota. Michael has extensive National and International Touring experience with Arena and Theater Shows, as well as sporting spectaculars such as The NBA All Star Jam Session, and The USA Swimming Olympic Trials. Michael has worked as a technician and designer for theatres including; Oregon Festival of American Music, The Guthrie Theatre, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, The Great American History Theatre, and others.

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  • Season 2017-2018
  • Playwright Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron
  • Director Jason Bowcutt
  • Play Dates April 4-May 13, 2018
  • Other Notes based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
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    Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.