UAGC Students Attend Broadway's Fun Home

On Wednesday afternoon, students from every grade level attended Broadway's Fun Home, winner of Best Musical.

Fun Home traces the coming-of-age of lesbian author Alison Bechdel, from her youth, to her years at Oberlin College, and finally to the present, where Alison, now grown, is struggling to write her own graphic autobiography.  As Alison reflects on her past, she struggles to make sense of it, particularly her relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted gay man and the owner of the family business -- the Bechdel Funeral Home (“fun” home, as it’s known to young Alison and her brothers, John and Christian).  As she watches her father’s self-loathing consume him, Alison recognizes her own experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity.  As Fun Home progresses, Alison is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, finally entering into them, desperate (but unable) to reverse her father’s self-destruction.  An unforgettable and groundbreaking musical, Fun Home explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to alternately destroy or shape, our identity.

Here's what students had to say:

I was most surprised by how they set things up and the way they changed the stage. Also the fact that a lot of older people went to the play. I thought that there would be less older people because homosexuality wasn’t normally except during their childhood.
— Franchesca Mejia, Class of 2020
The confidence the characters showed will stick the most to me. I think I’ll be more open to people around me.
— Gabriella Heyward, Class of 2020
What I most remember about the show was my sympathy to the character Alison and her mom., because she had hard time telling her parents that she is a lesbian. Her father did not take it well which resulted him to his death. As for the mother, I really felt bad because she took all the crap from the husband, such as betrayal and disrespect. Throughout the whole show, I was just mad at the dad.
— Sharon Lopez, Class of 2020
I was most surprised by the ticket prices for sure, I think our tickets were like 165$$, that’s how much I pay for Jordan’s . . . When the dad revealed he was gay, it shocked me. Made the story interesting . . . Thanks for the company (CEI) who provided the tickets - thank you. If I can watch it 100 times over I would.
— Isaac Tejeda, Class of 2016