PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at the Public Theater's Fun Home With Joel Perez

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30 Oct 2013

Spend a day with Joel Perez, who plays a number of characters in the new Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical Fun Home. He takes readers through his morning routine and offers a backstage look at the Public Theater.



Hello Playbill.com readers," says Perez. "I'm so excited to share with you what a typical day is like for me when I'm working on Fun Home. I've been involved with the show since we did a workshop at the Sundance Theater Lab in 2012. It's been so great to be a part of the development of such a beautiful and special piece of theater. It's my first time working at The Public!"

"It's such an inspiring place to work! I've been a part of some pretty special projects, but this is my first big show in New York! Hope you enjoy it!"



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Michael REALLY wanted to give me a shave before the evening show. Don't worry, I survived.
Photo by Joel Perez



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Fun Home — the new musical by Tony nominees Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron that is based on the darkly comic, coming-of-age graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel — officially opened Off-Broadway Oct. 22 at the Public Theater.

Directed by Sam Gold (The Realistic Joneses, Seminar), Fun Home began previews Sept. 30 and recently extended its run through Dec. 1. Tesori is the Tony-nominated composer of Caroline, or Change; Shrek; Violet; and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Kron, a Tony nominee for Well, also penned In the Wake and 2.5 Minute Ride. She also appears in the Foundry production of Good Person of Szechwan at the Public this fall.

Fun Home features Beth Malone (Alison), Sydney Lucas (Small Alison) and Alexandra Socha (Medium Alison) as author-narrator Bechdel at various stages of her life. It also stars Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris as her father, Bruce Bechdel, and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn as her mother, Helen Bechdel.

Completing the cast are Griffin Birney (Christian Bechdel), Roberta Colindrez (Joan), Noah Hinsdale (John Bechdel) and Joel Perez (Roy).

Fun Home is described as "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."

Fun Home has 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.

For further information phone (212) 967-7555, or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.