Why you should see Fun Home
Because The Mercury News calls our production “soaring” and “first-rate,” with additional praise for the “stunning” direction and “stellar” performances. We’ll take it!
Because it’s one of the most honest stories of growing up you’ll ever see on a stage.
Because Fun Home won the Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, among many other honors.
Because teen actress Penelope DaSilva is, also in the words of the Mercury News, “a revelation.”
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant 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. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Fun Home is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
Photos and other resources
Adult Alison: Jessica Whittemore
Medium Alison: Alexandra Ornes
Small Alison: Penelope DaSilva
Christian Bechdel: Eli Asheghian
John Bechdel: Emily Asheghian
Bruce Bechdel: Mike Rhone
Helen: Caitlin L. Papp
Joan: Alycia Adame
Roy/Mark: Arturo Montes
Details and special events
Fun Home previews July 14 and 15, and runs through Aug. 21. (No show on July 17.) Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$52, with discounts available for students, seniors (65+), educators, and groups, and for military personnel. (There is a $2 surcharge for phone and in-person buys.)
Bring a group of 10 or more and get 25% off the face value of each ticket! The discount is automatically applied when 10 or more tickets are in the cart. (Contact the box office if group members are paying separately.)
We would rate this production PG-13 for mature themes and some language. Performances are about 95 minutes, with no intermission.
City Lights is a fully vaccinated company, and everyone who works here is regularly tested for Covid-19. We require everyone in the building to be masked, except actors on stage.
In addition, all must provide proof of vaccination with matching ID, or proof of a recent negative Covid test. That means a PCR test within 72 hours, or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours (please write the test date on the indicator and take a picture). City Lights recommends but does not require a Covid booster.
Anyone who is turned away at the door or wishes to come back on another date is welcome to exchange their tickets for another performance at no charge, subject to availability. Learn more about our Covid-19 protocols.
Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m.: Pay What You Can Preview Night. (Call the box office at 408-295-4200 to name your own price.)
Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.: Preview Night.
Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m.: Opening Night.
Wednesday, August 3, 7 p.m.: “Come to the Fun Home” a Zoom interview and audience discussion with our director and cast. Sign up for this free event.
Thursday, August 11, 8 p.m.: Before the show, folks from our nonprofit partner CMT San Jose will give a brief curtain speech about their fine work.
Sunday, August 14: In-person talkback with director Lisa Mallette and the cast following the 2 p.m. matinee.
Parking and other info:
View a parking map of downtown San Jose to see your options for street or lot parking. We are unfortunately unable to offer any designated patron parking for the theater.
The theater is wheelchair-accessible; book the ADA & Companion seats when buying tickets. If you need ADA parking in front of our glass doors, note that on your order during check-out, or email or call the box office (408-295-4200).
Due to the intimate size of our theater, we unfortunately are not able to seat late patrons. Thank you for your understanding.
City Lights is honored to support the programs and scholarships of CMT San Jose, our nonprofit partner for this production. Now celebrating its 54th season, CMT proudly casts every child who wishes to participate, regardless of physical or financial limitations. CMT produces 11 full-scale productions each season, along with a robust arts-education program serving youth and families throughout the Bay Area.
View the full gallery of photos by Company Photographer Christian Pizzirani.