Sounds of Home | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It

Sounds of Home 

State of the Arts

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic has been acclaimed far and wide; it’s been serialized in a leading French newspaper and translated into a slew of languages. Now, says the Bolton author, her tale of growing up with a closeted dad who ran a funeral home is being prepared for the stage.

Fun Home was optioned for Broadway a few years ago and has been “in development all that time,” says Bechdel. Recently, she “finally saw a first draft of the play and heard some of the music,” both authored by “really fancy, Broadway-caliber people.”

Indeed: Fun Home’s book is by Lisa Kron, Tony-nominated author of the autobiographical plays Well and 2.5 Minute Ride. Jeanine Tesori, a theater and film composer who won a 2004 Drama Desk Award for her score for Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change, is contributing the music.

Sounds like a good matchup. “They’ve done an astonishing job with my graphic novel,” says Bechdel, “which I thought was impossible to turn into anything but a graphic novel.”

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Margot Harrison

About The Author

Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison is the Associate Editor at Seven Days; she coordinates literary and film coverage. In 2005, she won the John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2019 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation