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Left to right: Alison (Allison Mickelson), Medium Alison (Sara Masterson), Small Alison (Aida Valentine) and Bruce Bechdel (Robert Mammana) in "Fun Home" at The Armory. (Kate Szrom)
Portland Center Stage at The Armory
Published: 01 September 2017

Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s 30th anniversary season opens with the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home."

Created by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) and based on the celebrated graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home" will begin preview performances on Sept.16, open Sept. 22, and run through Oct. 22 on The Armory’s U.S. Bank Main Stage.

Artistic Director Chris Coleman will direct a cast lead by Allison Mickelson, Sara Masterson and Aida Valentine as the central character, Alison, at three different ages. Robert Mammana (previously at The Armory as Skye Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Father in Ragtime) and Faith Sandberg will play Alison’s parents, Bruce and Helen Bechdel.

"Fun Home" ushers us inside Alison’s head — at three different ages — as she struggles to process the chain of childhood events that made her the adult she is today. Growing up in a funeral home as the closeted lesbian daughter of a father with secrets of his own was complicated. But by looking back on her family life, and remembering all the loving, silly, and even shameful moments, Alison learns to see her parents — and herself — for who they really are.

Regular tickets for "Fun Home" start at $25 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at www.pcs.org, by calling (503) 445-3700, or in-person from the box office: 128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, OR.  

More information at www.pcs.org/funhome.

 

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