Listen: Watermark, Metro, more discuss American Stage’s ‘Fun Home’

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ABOVE: (L-R) Mollie Posnik, Adrianna Hick and David Mann in American Stage’s “Fun Home.” Photo courtesy American Stage.

ST. PETERSBURG | American Stage has released the latest episode of “Spotlight: The American Stage Podcast,” a community conversation surrounding their production of “Fun Home” featuring representatives from Watermark, Metro Inclusive Health and more.

“Spotlight” exists to illuminate the artistry and ideas behind the theatrical stories American Stage produces. The company closed out its 2018-2019 season with the hit musical “Fun Home” on Aug. 18.

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American Stage closes 2018-19 season with ‘Fun Home’

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 ABOVE: American Stage’s three “Fun Home” Alisons, photo courtesy American Stage.

American Stage is closing out its 2018-2019 season with the hit musical “Fun Home,” playing now through Aug. 18.

The celebrated production is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same name and was the first Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. It introduces audiences to Bechdel at three different ages, following her as she unravels the mysteries of her childhood while seeing her parents through grown-up eyes. 

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Mad Cow Theatre explores sexual identity, family tension with local run of ‘Fun Home’

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After national tour stops in both Orlando and Tampa from the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home,” Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre is putting on a production featuring local talent starting June 1.

“Fun Home,” the first Broadway musical to have a lesbian protagonist, is an adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir. The show portrays Bechdel’s uncovering of her own sexuality, her strained relationship with her closeted gay father and the re-examination of the years leading up to his unexpected suicide. The hour and 40-minute show is seen through the eyes of a 43-year-old Alison who looks to the past as she writes the graphic novel the play is based on.

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5.31.18 Publisher’s Desk

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I’m pretty sure I was 16 the first time I went to Gay Day at Disney. I was only out to my mom and a handful of friends back then, so it was a little awkward when my brothers and I rolled up on the second annual Gay Day at Disney. It became a tradition in my family that when one of the brothers graduated high school, we’d celebrate with a trip to the Magic Kingdom—just us boys. Turns out that celebration always happened on the first Saturday of June. We didn’t know what that day meant to so many people, but we picked up on it pretty quickly.

I remember being petrified my brothers would figure out somehow I was gay, as if just being in close proximity with so many LGBTQ people would cause me to grow a boa and hum the ABBA anthology. I also remember experiencing immense joy and comfort. It was scary being gay in the early ‘90s, not to diminish the struggle today’s 16-year-olds face with their own coming out. But that one day, every year, was a day of happiness in the happiest place on earth. It was a day to be normal, to be together and to be visible.

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Kate Shindle on playing out author Alison Bechdel in the national tour of ‘Fun Home’

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Kate Shindle is an author, activist, actor and ally to the LGBTQ community. She’s also the youngest-ever president of the Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union fighting for the fair treatment of over 50,000 theatre industry professionals, and is only the third woman to hold the title.

Last year, Shindle broke ground in another way when she began touring the country as Alison Bechdel, the lead in the Tony-award winning Fun Home. The show, based off of Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name, is the first Broadway production to feature a lesbian protagonist.

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11.16.17 Publisher’s Desk

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Thanksgiving has a long history of being my least favorite holiday. The reason is simple: turkey sucks! There, I said it. It’s ok to have a different opinion, but I’m right. No offense to my mother, but it’s always dry. It isn’t her fault. There isn’t enough water in the ocean to make turkey moist. My childhood memories of Thanksgiving involve two ounces of turkey swimming in four cups of gravy. Not even gravy could save Thanksgiving.

There is one exception to this rule and that is the Thanksgiving sandwich at PomPom’s Tea House and Sandwicheria. They have locations in both St. Pete and Orlando, so check it out. This is not a paid advertisement nor do I expect free sandwiches in return. It’s just that good and needs to be mentioned in any discussion I have about Thanksgiving. I digress.

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“Fun Home,” “Book of Mormon” among Straz Center’s 2017-18 Broadway series

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The Straz Center for the Performing Arts released the 2017-2018 Bank of America Best of Broadway Tampa Bay season Feb. 10.

The season includes Tony Award-winning musicals Fun Home, The Color Purple and Book of Mormon; as well as Tony Award-nominated musicals On Your Feet!, School of Rock and Waitress.

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Tony-winning musical ‘Fun Home’ kicks off US tour

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NEW YORK (AP) – Some of Broadway’s biggest musical hits are on the road this season, like Matilda, The Book of Mormon and Jersey Boys. Then there’s one show that few initially thought would thrive off-Broadway much less go on a national tour.

Fun Home, the 2015 Tony-winning best musical, has begun its America journey as the first Broadway show with a lesbian protagonist, one who is dealing with a parent’s suicide and her own sexuality. It’s also joyous, loving and poignant enough to bring red and blue staters alike to tears.

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Banned Book List filled with LGBT stories

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It’s the final week of September, so that can only mean one thing: it’s Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week is an annual event started by the American Library Association “celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information,” according to the ALA website.

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“Fun Home” concert raised $113,000 for Pulse victims

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Orlando, Fla. (AP) – Organizers say a concert version of the show Fun Home held in Orlando last weekend with the Broadway cast raised more than $100,000 for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Organizers of the benefit said earlier this week that the one-night concert in Orlando raised $113,000.

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Broadway’s “Fun Home” comes to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for some healing

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The musical Fun Home has touched the lives of many as an honest, emotional representation of sexual identity issues through nearly 600 shows on its Broadway stage, but the cast of the production is bringing an extra special version of the show to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts stage to touch a community that is in great need of healing and hope.

Fun Home is a Tony-Award-winning musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel of the same title by Alison Bechdel. The story centers on Alison, a lesbian cartoonist, who is writing a graphic memoir about her life, as she tries to make sense of and connect with her father’s life, homosexuality and suicide. Even the show’s title touches on the dark aspects of Alison’s childhood, as her father was the town’s mortician, and she was raised in a funeral home that was referred to as the “Fun Home.”

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Broadway’s “Fun Home” cast sets benefit for Pulse victims

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New York (AP) – Many Broadway stars have joined together to sing and raise money to help the survivors of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando. Now, one Broadway show is going further – performing a few blocks away from the massacre.

The cast and creative team from Fun Home will assemble for a one-night benefit concert version of the Tony Award-winning show on July 24 in Orlando for survivors and victims’ family.

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