DFTC Presents: Fun Home

We are Dorothy's Friends Theatre Company, an entirely student-run theatre production company at the University of Southern California. We are dedicated to putting positive queer stories onstage, and uniting a diverse community through the celebration of where we are today while reflecting on how we got here.

After our backyard inaugural show of She Kills Monsters last spring, we have set our sights on the illustrious Bovard Auditorium in association with the USC Visions and Voices initiative to bring a student production of Fun Home to the stage.  And while we are incredibly excited and honored to be able to present this important story for you, we need your support to make our largest dreams into reality.

DFTC is always looking to push boundaries, and is striving for a number of firsts with this production. It will be the first entirely student-produced and performed theatrical production done in association with V&V. It will be the first amateur production of Fun Home performed in Los Angeles, following its performance at CTG last year. We are hoping to also be the first student theatrical production at USC to heavily feature projections, running a multi-projector setup and paving the way for more student theatre to incorporate this modern medium.

Using projections in a production, especially at this scale, is expensive. As are the rights to popular shows, venues with two balconies of seating, large scenic elements, and a fully microphoned cast. While our scope and our production value has grown, we are still committed to providing tickets to all our productions for free, allowing anyone the accessibility to engage with the arts and the stories we find so important to tell.

This is why your support is so important to us. We rely entirely on donations in order to fund our productions, and to allow us to continue pushing boundaries for our next show. Every dollar you contribute helps us to better tell our stories, to give justice to the powerful messages each show wants to tell, and to support the students who work with us on our projects.

Student theatre is so important because it gives the students a voice. Unrestricted by the school, student production companies can freely pick their shows, cast their actors, and offer new perspectives and experiences to everyone involved. Student theatre gives actors the opportunity to act in site specific environments, or on the stages of huge auditoriums. Student theatre gives actors the ability to engage in works that the school cannot or will not produce. But most importantly, it gives them the opportunity to say something important, and to have a say in choosing that message for themselves.

Our cast and production team have been working tirelessly to improve, refine, and polish the world of our Fun Home, and we can't wait for you to join us in exploring this retrospective into Alison Bechdel's life. Until then, we hope you'll consider a donation to our production, and will share this with a friend or family member who can support student theatre too. Your collaboration with us on this experience means the world to us, and we're eagerly awaiting opening our doors to you on October 21st.

Thank you fondly for your time and support, and we hope you'll come with us to the Fun Home!

      Derek Christiansen
      Producing Artistic Director, DFTC

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About the Show

Fun Home
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Elizabeth Schuetzle

Fun Home is a musical about self-discovery and self-acceptance. An exploration of the journey to accepting one’s own queer identity, Fun Home showcases the vulnerable and fulfilling process of living as one’s authentic self. This production of Fun Home offers a university-wide opportunity for students to actively participate in the creation of a full-scale artistic event, as well as a space for the entire USC community to connect with LGBTQ+ experiences. The performance will be followed by a discussion about the importance of representation in popular media, and what today’s queer communities can learn from the past.

Fun Home is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Veronica Marks as Alison Bechdel

Abbey Harris as Medium Alison

Sophia Konat as Small Alison

Luke Matthew Simon as Bruce Bechdel

Tali Green as Helen Bechdel

Amrit Singh as John Bechdel

Olivia Kepler as Christian Bechdel

Brittany Franke as Joan

Sasha Urban as Roy, et. al.

Production Team

Edward Hansen Stage Manager

Francesca Jacke Assistant Stage Manager

Natalie Pesqueira Assistant Stage Manager

Elise Roncace Assistant Director

Cyrus Leland Musical Director

Gracie Kolb Assistant Musical Director

Jainil Mehta Choreographer

Jessica Doherty Dramaturge

Ruby O'Brien Scenic Designer

Wendy Hui Assistant Scenic Designer

Ellie Solomon Costume Designer

Derek Christiansen Lighting Designer

Milner Sommers Associate Lighting Designer

Nick Kassoy Assistant Lighting Designer

Robert Feffer Projection Designer

Alysha Bermudez Sound Designer

Mia Glenn-Schuster Audio Engineer

Tyler Maegawa-Goeser Technical Director

Bovard Auditorium
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

One Night Only: Sunday, October 21st at 7p
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