FUN HOME by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

  • June 1 - 18, 2023
  • Old City Performing Arts Center

    111 State Street
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Ticket Price $7.00-$40.00 This event is now over

River & Rail is proud to present Fun Home, its final production of the 2022-2023 season. Fun Home is directed by Jessica Holt, and stars Laura Beth Wells (Broadway: Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Brian Gligor (Original Broadway Tour, RENT), and Katy Wolfe (Clarence Brown Company Member). 

This multiple Tony Award-winning musical by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or ChangeShrek) and Lisa Kron is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel. Fun Home is a touching story about growing up gay in rural Pennsylvania. With grown-up Alison as our guide, we experience the humor and depth of feeling in adolescent self-discovery while exhuming the pain of her father's untold story; a charismatic man with his own artistic interests who spent his life in the closet. Fun Home is the first Broadway musical in history to feature a lesbian protagonist.


Fun Home premiered at The Public Theater in New York City in 2013, and premiered on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre in April 2015. That year, the team took home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Book of A Musical, and Best Original Score. This made lyricist Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori the first female writing team to be recognized in this way.


Laura Beth Wells* as Alison

Anna Catherine Smith as Medium Alison

Zoe Belle Sullivan as Small Alison

Brian Gligor* as Bruce Bechdel

Katy Wolfe* as Helen Bechdel

Lillian Wells Crawford as Christian Bechdel

Penny Peterson as John Bechdel

Parker Jenkins as Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby

Emily Helton as Joan


* Appearing Courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

Date & Time

Jun 1 - 18, 2023

Venue Details

Old City Performing Arts Center

111 State Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 Old City Performing Arts Center
River & Rail Theatre Company

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