Don’t miss our first Talkback this Sunday following the 2pm performance of FUN HOME! Led by community leaders, a Talkback is a post-show discussion with the audience about the play’s themes, characters and creative team.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 | following 2pm performance

Discussion will be led by Richmond historian, author and Richmond Lesbian Feminists co-founder Beth Marschak, and FUN HOME associate director and choreographer Kikau Alvaro

smBeth Marschak Paige CritcherBeth Marschak grew up in Richmond and was actively engaged in the social change movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s- Civil Rights, the Women’s Liberation Movement, the Ecology Movement, the Peace Movement, and Lesbian and Gay Liberation. She came out as a lesbian in the early 1970’s, and openly identified as a lesbian in her civil rights and human rights activism.

By the time she graduated from Westhampton College, University of Richmond, with a BA in political science in 1972, Beth had already helped to start a women’s group on campus, and a local chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. She was actively engaged with SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) for many marches and other actions, including civil disobedience – both being arrested and going to jail, and was an active member of the Woody Guthrie Community Center. She participated in Gay Awareness in Perspective and helped to start Richmond-Lesbian Feminists in 1975. Beth was instrumental in starting a number of coalition efforts including the Virginia Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights (VCLGR) and the Richmond Lesbian and Gay Pride Coalition.

Starting as a representative of the Lesbian Caucus, Beth served on the National Steering Committee of the National Women’s Political Caucus for 16 years. Here in Richmond, she served on the Board of the Richmond YWCA for 8 years. She has organized and led many workshops focusing on the images of women in art, foIklore, mythology, science fiction and commix, including ‘Seeking Beauty’ at Pine Camp Arts & Community Center, 9/27/2002.  In 1978, she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the International Women’s Year Continuing Committee. And, in 1988, as a Jesse Jackson Delegate, she served as the first “out” Virginia delegate to a national presidential convention.

Beth Marschak’s work and advocacy garnered the Richmond Human Rights Coalition Human Rights Award in 1983, and the Richmond YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in Human Relations in 1990. The Richmond Lesbian and Gay Pride Coalition recognized Beth with awards in 1990, 1993 and 1999. In 2008, Beth co-authored the book Lesbian and Gay Richmond. On November 1, 2008, she conducted the first bus tour featuring the history of the LGBT community for the Valentine, where she is a master tour guide. In 2009 she was recognized by Equality Virginia as one of 20 Outstanding Virginians. She on serves Diversity Richmond’s Board of Directors, which she chaired for over 4 years, and continues to be an activist for civil rights and human rights.  In 2016, Diversity Richmond honored her with the Schall-Townley Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action.

photo by Paige Critcher

image1 (1)Kikau Alvaro is thrilled to be working with Cadence Theatre Company after serving as the Associate Director for this summer’s In The Heights with Virginia Rep. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at VCU, where he directed Spamalot in the Spring and will direct Into the Woods next year. Additional directing and/or choreography credits include It Shoulda Been You and The View Upstairs (Richmond Triangle Players), The Trouble With Doug, Fly By Night, and [title of show] (Theatreworks Silicon Valley), and Fiddler on the Roof and Anything Goes (Cabrillo Theatre). Happy to work again with his fiance Derrick. Follow his journey on Instagram @kikautown.


Sunday, September 24, 2017 | following 2pm performance

Discussion will be led by Richmond Triangle Players Executive Director Philip Crosby

phil-115c (2)Philip Crosby has over thirty years of experience leading nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. He has been a professional marketer, publicist, fundraiser and strategist for Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater Festival, Boston Shakespeare Festival, TheatreVirginia, and Richmond Ballet. During his career, he has had the great good fortune to work with some of the most celebrated names in theatre, film and dance, including Tom Hanks, Olympia Dukakis, Hal Holbrook, Alfred Drake, George Abbott, Ruby Dee, Graciela Daniele, and Gerald Freedman.  He joined the Board of RTP in 2001, and became the company’s first full-time Managing Director in 2009.  In concert with RTP’s Board, artists, staff, patrons and volunteers, he has helped transform this company from a small fringe theater into one of Richmond’s most vital arts institutions and the cultural anchor of the revitalized Scott’s Addition neighborhood.  He holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University.  Last year, he was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Commonwealth’s first LGBT Tourism Task Force; he has been a member of Richmond Region Tourism’s OutRVA Campaign since its inception.  He currently serves as president of the RVA Theatre Alliance.

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