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Public Theater Announces 2-Week Extension for Tesori/Kron Musical FUN HOME

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Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Alison Bechdel Book
Directed by Sam Gold

New Block Of Tickets On Sale

October 16, 2013 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced a two-week extension for the world premiere musical FUN HOME, directed by Sam Gold and featuring music by Jeanine Tesori, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, FUN HOME began performances on Monday, September 30 and was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, November 3. The musical will now run an additional two weeks to Sunday, November 17, with an official press opening on Tuesday, October 22.

Single tickets, starting at $81.50, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555,, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drink, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe’s Pub continues to offer some of the best music in the city.

From four-time Tony Award-nominated composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change) and Tony-nominee Lisa Kron (In The Wake, Well) comes a fresh, daring new musical based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.  When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Directed by Sam Gold, FUN HOME is a groundbreaking world-premiere musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

The complete cast of FUN HOME features Griffin Birney (Christian Bechdel), Michael Cerveris (Bruce Bechdel), Roberta Colindrez (Joan), Noah Hinsdale (John Bechdel), Judy Kuhn (Helen), Sydney Lucas (Small Alison), Beth Malone (Alison), Joel Perez (Roy), and Alexandra Socha (Medium Alison).

FUN HOME is made possible with the generous support of The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.

FUN HOME features scenic and costume design by David Zinn; lighting design by Ben Stanton; sound design by Kai Harada; projection design by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg; wig design by Paul Huntley; music direction by Chris Fenwick; and choreography by Danny Mefford.

SAM GOLD (Director) directed the Public Lab run of Fun Home for The Public, and his Broadway directing credits include Picnic and Seminar. His other recent credits include The Cradle Will Rock (City Center Encores Series); The Flick (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel nom.); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nom.); The Realistic Joneses (Yale Rep., CT Critics Circle Award); The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons, Lortel Award); Look Back in Anger (Roundabout, Lortel nom.); Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk nomination, Obie Award); and The Aliens (Rattlestick, Obie Award). He is a graduate of the Juilliard Directing Program, NYTW Usual Suspect, Drama League Directing Fellow, recipient of the Princess Grace Award and Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company.

JEANINE TESORI (Music). Her Public Theater credits include Fun Home, Mother Courage, and the 2012 Gala reading of Romeo and Juliet. Her Broadway credits include Twelfth Night; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change; and Shrek the Musical. Her Off-Broadway credits include Violet, written with Brian Crawley, and John Guare’s A Free Man of Color. For the opera she has written A Blizzard on Marblehead, with a libretto by Tony Kushner; The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me, with libretto by J.D. McClatchy, premiering this December at the Kennedy Center. Her film credits include Nights in Rodanthe, Every Day, You’re Not You. She is the Artistic Director for Off-Center, a new Encores! summer series for the New York City Center.

LISA KRON (Book and Lyrics) is a playwright and performer whose plays include In The WakeWell2.5 Minute Ride for The Public, and The Ver**zon Play. This fall at The Public, Kron will reprise her roles as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theatre’s production of  Good Person of Szechwan, directed by Lear deBessonet. Her honors include Guggenheim, Lortel, Lark, Sundance, and NEA/TCG Fellowships; a Creative Capital Grant; Helen Merrill Award; Alpert Award. She is a founding member of the Obie and Bessie Award-winning theatre company, The Five Lesbian Brothers. She is on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.


Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, and contemporary and experimental works in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day.  Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean and other classic productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions.  The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Key elements of the revitalization included infrastructure updates to the 158-year old building, including changes to the main entry, expanded lobby, additional restrooms, and the addition of a new lounge, The Library at The Public, designed by the Rockwell Group. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

TICKET INFORMATION FUN HOME began performances in The Public's Newman Theater on Monday, September 30 and will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, November 17, with an official press opening on Tuesday, October 22. (Running time: One hour 40 minutes, no intermission.) Single tickets, starting at $81.50, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555,, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. There is no performance on Sunday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drink, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Joe's Pub continues to offer some of the best music in the city. For more information, visit


Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

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