In Spotlight, Voices

Back by popular demand, PURE Theatre, of Charleston SC brings back the LGBT friendly musical Fun Home for the iconic southern arts festival, Piccolo Spoleto.

“There is nothing that entertains, inspires, provokes, or enlightens like live theater”, PURE Theatre co-founder, Sharon Graci says.

 

Since launching in 2003, PURE has built a solid reputation for artistic excellence in provocative contemporary theatre, bringing in record breaking attendances of both new and returning audiences. Striving annually to outdo what was accomplished in years past, PURE continually makes three promises to its audience:

  • To always tell a story worth listening to
  • To only pursue excellence
  • To always gift the audience something to talk about

 

Back for Piccolo Spoleto, following a SOLD-OUT run during the theatre’s 15th Season, PURE Theatre brings back Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name, Fun Home.

 

Fun Home, follows the life of Bechdel’s non-linear journey through some difficult emotional terrain. Discovering shortly before her father’s death that her dad was gay, the memoir is full of “what ifs,” “why didn’t we talk” and “if I only knew sooner things may have been different” moments. But far from being a downer, the memoir is an honest, humorous and powerful look back on a daughter coping with painful memories and lost opportunities. Throughout the show, Bechdel’s relives unique childhood, memories, discovery of her own sexuality and her relationship with her gay father, all while trying to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life and the looming questions about the volatile man whose temperament and secrets that defined her life.

 

This show is the first in Broadway musical history with a lesbian protagonist. It is told in a series of non-linear vignettes connected by narration provided by the adult Alison character. Fun Home is an honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

 

“This show will definitely be something you will leave talking about for days”, Managing Director Brian Rowe, says, “We always do shows that will leave people talking, that are a little ‘risky’, and will be something people want to come. At PURE we do shows that are a little controversial. Fun Home hits topics that are not only relatable to the LGBT community, but also people who relate with suicide, family troubles, and going to college and discovering yourself.”

 

Brain says the show for Spoleto audiences will be more powerful that before, focusing more the music, the talent of the actors, and storyline of the show. The show’s emotional impact will not be diminished in any way. Fun Home, is a haunting and beautiful exploration of family, heart and personal discover.

Charleston, SC is the home of theatre, it is where the first American Theatre, The Dock Street Theatre, and it is no debut that PURE Theatre is a statement in the holy city. While the company at times has thrived nomadically, its 2011 home at 477King Street will come to an end in the Fall of 2018, as PURE will begin a new phase of its journey as the anchor tenant at the new Cannon Street Arts Center, in partnership with the City of Charleston, located at 134 Cannon Street in downtown Charleston.

 

For more information about PURE Theatre, head to

http://puretheatre.org

 

Tickets for Fun Home and other Piccolo Spoleto shows, will be available for purchase beginning at piccolospoleto.com, the Piccolo Box Office at the Charleston Visitors Center (375 Meeting Street), by phone at (866) 811-4111, or at the door a half hour prior to showtimes. As the Piccolo Spoleto Festival manages the box office sales for productions in the festival, additional information about the performances can be found at piccolospoleto.com or by calling the PURE Theatre box office at (843) 723-4444 Tuesday-Friday 12-5 pm.

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