Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home is a musical adapted from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. Follow Alison as she uncovers the secrets through three different ages in her life. Fun Home isn’t just a coming-of-age or coming out story, but one that sets out to unravel the many mysteries of childhood through which we can all identify. Join CVRep as they take on this moving journey of acceptance in the wholly original American musical, Fun Home.
“Its universality comes from its awareness of how we never fully know even those closest to us, and of the undercurrent of grown-up secrets, intuited by children, that exists to some degree in every family.” — NY Times.
About the director
Adam Karsten is an award winning director for stage and screen, who has earned a reputation for the creation of stylistic works and defined concepts.
While directing and producing works for the Emmy Award winning performing arts series, Live From Lincoln Center and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Adam has had televised programs, films and documentaries air nationally & internationally. He has directed musicals, plays and other theatrical works Off-Broadway; Regionally; Touring productions; Broadway Workshops; and is dedicated to the development of new theatrical and film projects across a wide variety of genres.
Adam is the Executive Artistic Director at Coachella Valley Repertory. This is the second out of three productions he will direct this season.
Michael Reno is a Southern California-based Music and Theatre Professional whose career has spanned over 40 years. He has composed music for numerous theatre, film, television and corporate productions. His work includes arranging for Disney Animation, Hallmark, Elton John, Tim Rice, the Kennedy Center, Miss America, Lawrence Welk, and many others. He was the producer of “Sister Act the Musical” which premiered at the London Palladium in June of 2009.
His work has taken him all over the world to numerous theaters and other venues ranging from Montreal’s Place des Artes and the Vienna Concert House to New York’s Madison Square Garden, L.A.’s Universal Amphitheater, the White House, the Kennedy Center, and practically every major hotel in Las Vegas.
He spent a number of years in San Francisco doing local cabaret and theatre, where he became known for his song “San Francisco Bye-Bye,” which became an unofficial anthem of the city at the time. He made his mark in Los Angeles with the West Coast Premiere of “Working” for which he won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.
His film credits include “The Lion King” (as arranger), and as composer he wrote scores and music for “North ‘Cross Jordon”, “Time on Their Hands,” “Coming to Ametrica”, and the Hallmark seasonal favorite “Twice Upon a Christmas.” His television credits also include “The Miss America Pageant”, and various projects for NBC including “An Evening at the Improv” and “The Great American Laugh Off.”
About the cast
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