Fun Home named #2 local theatre production of 2018-19

Published: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019

In a yearly roundup by Weekly Volcano, theater critic Alec Clayton named SPSCC’s rendition of “Fun Home,” based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the number two local theatre production of the 2018-19 season.

Having previously called the production “one of the best plays you’ll see this year” in an article from The Olympian, Clayton made known the impact this production would make in the community, which was the first of its kind in the Olympia area.

“The staging and acting were amazing,” said Clayton, “and the story was fierce, funny and heart-wrenching.”

Reflecting on the 2018-19 season, SPSCC drama professor Lauren Love recalls audience praises after a performance of “Fun Home”:

“One of the most gratifying comments I heard from an audience member was that she ‘knows SPSCC theatre is here [in Olympia] and that the audiences will come’ to support and enjoy our work,” she said.

“We intend to take this trust and investment and produce another artistically strong, heartfelt, and provocative season in 2019/2020.”

The upcoming season begins with the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” It follows 15-year old Christopher as he solves the mystery of who killed Wellington the dog and embarks on a journey that “tears apart his once-familiar world.”

In the Winter Quarter, the drama program welcomes Guest Director L.M. Attea with a touching ensemble piece, “This Random World,” a comedy that explores “the parallel paths we often take in the world without noticing” with great poignancy and charm.

Finally, in May, the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Main Stage will be engaged with another theatre and music program collaboration akin to “Fun Home,” with the 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical “Spring Awakening,” a German play that tells the story of teenagers struggling with the tumults of teenage sexuality.

“It is indeed quite rare for a college theatre program to enjoy the level of support we do at SPSCC from both our campus and wider communities,” Love reflects. “We are committed to sharing a season that reflects the generosity of that investment.”

For more information and dates on SPSCC arts and entertainment, visit spscc.edu/events/arts-entertainment.

Three actors portraying Alison Bechdel at various ages singing together on a darkened stage
Photo Credit: Austin Lang