Adapted from Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic novel memoir of the same name, FUN HOME explores the haunting pull of memory and its power to shape one’s identity. Moving between the past and present, the musical traces Alison’s unique childhood and relationship with her father to unlock deep family secrets on her journey of self-acceptance.
With music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, FUN HOME became the first show written entirely by women to win the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015.
Cain Park Artistic Director Joanna May Cullinan will direct the Cleveland premiere of FUN HOME with music direction by Rachel Woods and choreography by Monica Olejko.
Joanna May Cullinan is the artistic director of theater at Cain Park and has worked there in various capacities over the past 20 years. Her Cain Park directing credits include critically acclaimed productions of School of Rock, Sondheim on Sondheim, Ragtime, Memphis, Rock of Ages, and Godspell (co-directed).
As a freelance director, Joanna has worked with the Great Lakes Theater Company, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Mercury Theatre Company, the Ensemble Theatre, the Beck Center, and other theaters across northeast Ohio. Joanna graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University with a B.A. in Theatre and completed the graduate studies program in Arts Management at The University of Akron.
FUN HOME Cast
Alison - Tasha Brandt*
Bruce - Scott Esposito
Helen - Natalie Green*
Medium Alison - Gabi Ilg
Joan - Zoe Lewis*
Roy/Bobby Jeremy/Others - Danny Simpson
Small Alison - Juliana Shumaker
Christian - Simon Keating
John - Jaiden Shauf-Dressman
u/s Alison/Helen – Neely Gevaart
u/s Bruce/Roy - Connor Stout
u/s Medium Alison/Joan - Mikaela Ray
u/s Small Alison/Christian/John - Annie Pelletier
*member of Actors’ Equity Association
FUN HOME Creative Team
Director – Joanna May Cullinan
Music Director – Rachel Woods
Choreographer – Monica Olejko
Sound Designer - Angie Hayes
Scenic Designer - Trad A Burns
Lighting Designer – Adam Ditzel
Costume Designer – Luke Scattergood
Props Master – Sarah May
Intimacy Coordinator – Julia Fisher
Assistant Director - Sophia Edwards
Cain Park Artistic Director – Joanna May Cullinan