Acclaimed Broadway actress and president of the Actors Equity union, Kate Shindle (C99), will be joining us on campus for a performance of Fun Home followed by a talk-back on Friday, November 22. Shindle is the School of Communication’s 2019-20 Hope Abelson Artist-in-Residence.
Shindle played the lead role of Alison Bechdel in the Fun Home national tour, which launched in 2016. Other Broadway roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (after headlining the national tour), Vivienne in Legally Blonde, and The Mad Hatter in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland. Shindle was crowned Miss America in 1998 and is author of the memoir Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain. Shindle used her platform to advocate for HIV education and prevention.
David H. Bell, the Donald G. Robertson Director of Music Theatre, will interview Shindle about her experience playing the lead role of Bechdel, her work with Actors Equity, and much more.
About Fun Home:
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. A Tony Award winner for “Best Musical,” Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
“A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping.” – The New York Times
“Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse.” – Chicago Tribune
Running Time: 90 mins, no intermission
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Roger Ellis
November 8 – 24
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston