‘Fun Home’ Comes to Austin’s Ground Floor Theatre

Austin’s Ground Floor Theatre has recently announced the cast for their production of the Broadway hit, Fun Home running December 5 through December 22, 2018. One of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir of the same name and is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. As the first theatre in Austin to produce this award winning musical, Ground Floor Theatre has cast deaf Broadway actress Sandra Mae Frank as Joan, integrating American Sign Language into this musical.

Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile yet enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. This intimate and emotional theatrical experience is performed entirely in the round, bringing audiences closer to Alison’s story than ever before and presents a refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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“I am elated to be producing and directing this amazing musical. It is a funny and impactful story that touches me on so many levels…as a daughter, sister and member of the LGBTQ community,” co-director Lisa Scheps said. “Alison Bechdel, Lisa Kron, and Jeannine Tesori have created a masterpiece and Ground Floor Theatre is thrilled to be producing it for Austin audiences.”

Performances run December 6 through December 22, 2018 at Ground Floor Theatre. Performances are Thursday through Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. The “First Friday” performance on December 10 includes a champagne reception.

Ground Floor Theatre believes in “theatre for everyone” regardless of ability to pay, so tickets are always “Pay What You Can”. Tickets can be purchased at groundfloortheatre.org

All dialog for “Joan” will be presented in American Sign Language with English super titles. One fully ASL interpreted performance will be performed during the run. Performance details to be announced at a later date.

About Ground Floor Theatre:

Ground Floor Theatre concentrates on works by and for underrepresented communities. It serves as an incubator to foster and grow new and groundbreaking works that shine a light on groups that are often overlooked. For more information visit www.groundfloortheatre.org.

Cast

Sandra Mae Frank — Joan

Sarah Marie Curry — Alison

Taylor Flannigan — Medium Alison

Mariela Denson — Small Alison

James Lindsay — Bruce

Alejandra Murga — Helen

Dave Hawk — Roy/Mark, etc.

Devin Gramling — Christian

Eric Judge — John

Production Team

Lisa Scheps — Co-Director director

Adam Roberts — Musical direction

Kelsey Oliver — Choreography

Ia Ensterä — Scenic design

Natalie George — Lighting design

Pamela Fletcher-Friday Costume design

Patti Neff-Tiven — Prop design

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