Jake Gyllenhaal to produce and star in film version of ‘Fun Home’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Jake Gyllenhaal (Photo by Emilio Madrid, courtesy Broadway.com)

“Brokeback Mountain” star Jake Gyllenhaal has been set to produce and star in a film adaptation of “Fun Home,” the Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name.

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Fun Home” — originally adapted from out cartoonist Bechdel’s groundbreaking 2006 memoir by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori — depicts Bechdel onstage at three different ages as she delves into memories of her dysfunctional upbringing, especially those surrounding her closeted father, in a home that also served as the location for the family’s mortuary business.

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Howard Cruse, pioneering gay cartoonist, dies at 75

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Howard Cruse (R) with future husband Ed Sedarbaum in younger years. Photo via Facebook.

Howard Cruse, a gay cartoonist whose groundbreaking underground comics were a strong influence on the succeeding generation of queer comic artists, has died.

Cruse first gained attention in the 1970s with his contributions to various underground publications, particularly for his series “Barefootz,” in which he included a supporting character named Headrack who was gay. In 1979, he became the first editor of “Gay Comix,” an anthology featuring comics by openly queer cartoonists, where he highlighted the work of lesbian artists like Roberta Gregory and Mary Wings. According to Cruse’s obituary in the New York Times, publisher Mike Kitchen says he had been adamant that women be given equal representation in the magazine from the very beginning.

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

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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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’

By : Layla Ferris
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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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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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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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“Fun Home” to leave Broadway

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New York (AP) – The ground-breaking Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” will be leaving Broadway in the fall.

Producers said on June 21 the show will play its final performance Sept. 10, leaving the Circle in the Square Theatre after 28 previews and 582 regular performances. It is the first Broadway show with a lesbian protagonist.

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