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!
Producing Artistic Director, DFTC
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About the Show
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.
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
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