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No Comments 02 August 2017

Tony Award-Winning Musical Fun Home
Opens 2017-2018 Cadence Season,
In Celebration of Richmond Triangle Players’ 25th Anniversary Season

Richmond, VA—Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre are pleased to present their first co-production of the 2017-2018 Cadence Season, Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. Adapted from the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is in celebration of Richmond Triangle Players’25th Anniversary Season.

Fun Home_sm_2017“My dad and I grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town. And he was gay.  And I was gay. And he killed himself.  And I…became a lesbian cartoonist.”
-Alison Bechdel from Fun Home

Years after her father’s unexpected death, Alison comes to terms with memories of her unique childhood, growing up in the Bechdel Funeral Home. Moving between the past and present, she relives her struggles to connect with her father and her growing awareness of her own sexuality.  This ground-breaking musical is funny, honest and uplifting.

Fun Home is directed by Chase Kniffen (Cadence/ Virginia Rep – Violet, Caroline, or Change, Next to Normal; Virginia Rep – Dreamgirls, A Christmas Story, The Color Purple), with musical direction by Anthony Smith, and choreography by Kikau Alvaro.  “We are thrilled to be one of the first regional companies to explore this groundbreaking work”, comments Kniffen, on the production.  Becca Ayers (Broadway–Addams Family, South Pacific, Les Miserables, and Avenue Q) will play the title role of Alison. Duke Lafoon (Cadence/Virginia Rep– Rabbit Hole and Next to Normal; Virginia Rep—A Christmas  Story; Off-Broadway — Clinton, the Musical) will play the role of Bruce, and Andrea Rivette (Cadence/Virginia Rep—Next to Normal; Virginia Rep—A Christmas Story; Broadway–Jekyll and Hyde and Miss Saigon) will play the role of Helen. The talented cast also includes Violet Craghead-Way, Alex Csaky, Derrick Jacques, Cole A. Johnson, Brandon McKinney, Michaela Nicole, and Elizabeth Wyld.  Fun Home’s design team includes Rich Mason (Scenic Design), Joe Doran (Lighting Design), and Sarah Grady (Costume Design). Stephen Rudlin provides vocal supervision.

Fun Home is made possible through the generosity and support of Cadence Theatre Company’s Season Sponsor, Salomon & Ludwin and The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Show sponsors include The Richmond Group USA,  Laura A. Heymann and Mark A. Badger, Frona and Alan Colker and Joe and Sarah Hoyle. Other major supporters include The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Community Idea Stations.

DETAILS:
Fun Home
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Adapted from the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel
September 9-October 8, 2017
(Discounted Preview Performances September 7 and 8)

Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center
114 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Talk Back Sundays: September 17 & 24 after the 2 p.m. matinees
Tickets are $10-$40, with discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
Recommended for ages 16 and up. Contains adult content.

For single ticket information and for show times, contact www.virginiarep.org or call 282-2620.

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And the 17-18 Season Opener is…

No Comments 16 May 2017

Cadence Theatre Company Announces FUN HOME,
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical,
to Open 2017-18 Season

Co-produced by Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Rep
in Celebration of Richmond Triangle Players’ 25th Anniversary Season

Fun Home_sm_2017Richmond, VA – On the Cadence Season, Fun Home will run from September 9 through October 8, 2017, in Virginia Rep’s Theatre Gym. Directed by Virginia Rep’s Associate Artistic Director, Chase Kniffen, Fun Home is a co-production between Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Rep in recognition of Richmond Triangle Players’ 25th Anniversary. Cadence Theatre Artistic Director, Anna Johnson, expressed her excitement about the co-production. “We are thrilled to work with Virginia Rep on this moving and groundbreaking musical and to celebrate RTP and their endless contributions to our community. We are proud to be one of the first regional theatres to stage the production and can’t wait for Richmond audiences to experience it.”

With book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, Fun Home won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, the play moves from past to present as Alison sketches out her childhood memories in both poignant and comic tone.

“My dad and I grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town. And he
was gay. And I was gay. And he killed himself. And I… became a lesbian
cartoonist.” — Alison Bechdel in Fun Home

Years after her father’s unexpected death, Alison comes to terms with memories of her unique childhood, growing up in the Bechdel Funeral Home, while reliving her struggles to connect with her father and her growing awareness of her own sexuality. This groundbreaking musical is funny, honest, and painfully uplifting.

In addition to Fun Home, the 2017-18 Season will include The Christians by Lucas Hnath playing February 10 – March 4, 2018 and Appropriate By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins playing April 28 – May 20, 2018.

FULL SEASON SHOW DESCRIPTIONS

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Now Playing… Rabbit Hole

No Comments 04 May 2017

“Duke Lafoon’s versatility is showcased through his polished and emotional performance, chock-full of nuance.”

-Broadway World

“The ensemble is exquisite, underplaying the complexity of emotions, which makes the drama and the production more masterful.”

-Sifter

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama,

Rabbit Hole Played April 27th Through May 20th

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep was pleased to present its final production of the 2016-2017 Season, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charted their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

“Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation — an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty.”

-Variety

Rabbit Hole was directed by Anna Senechal Johnson. Title roles were played by Grey Garrett, Duke Lafoon, Chris Lindsay-Abaire, Jody Smith Strickler, and Tyler Stevens. The design team includes: Rich Mason (Scenic Design), Michael Jarrett (Lighting Design), Sarah Grady (Costume Design), Jesse Senechal (Sound Design), Emily Hake (Scenic Artist), Clara Myers (Properties), and Tommy Hawfield (Technical Director). Kristy Bell was the Stage Manager, Kelsey Schneider was the Assistant Director, Peyton Bowen was the Assistant Stage Manager, and Rich Mason served as the Production Manager.

Rabbit Hole was made possible through the generosity and support of Cadence Theatre Company’s Season Sponsor, Salomon & Ludwin, and our show co-sponsors, CapTech, Phil Rohrbach and Joe Hoyle In Honor of Camilla Rohrbach and Sarah Hoyle from their Loving Husbands, and For the Love of Chocolate. Other major supporters included the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Community Idea Stations.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire joined the cast and audience members after the 4 p.m. matinee on May 7th, and the discussion was facilitated by Laine Satterfield.

 

DETAILS:

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire

April 29 – May 20, 2017 (Preview Performances April 27 and 28) at

Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center

114 W. Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Direction by Anna Senechal Johnson

Talk Back Sunday: May 7th after the 4 p.m. matinee

Tickets are $10-$35

Rabbit Hole contains adult language and content. Recommended for ages 16+.

 

For single ticket information and for show times, contact www.virginiarep.org or call 282-2620.

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