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“Fun Home” Comes to Corn Stock

Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. This Tony-winning musical adaptation of cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s memoir runs February 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 pm, and February 10 & 17 at 2:30 pm at the indoor Corn Stock Theatre Center, located at 1700 N Park Road, Peoria, IL 61604, in upper Bradley Park. Tickets are $20/Adults and $14/Student. Through a series of flashbacks to the 1970’s and 80s, Alison reflects on the bittersweet time in her life when she realized she was gay – and at almost the exact same moment, realized her father was gay, too.  

With three distinct versions of Alison through time (young Alison, college age Alison, and adult Alison, portrayed by three different actresses) we view the story mostly from adult Alison’s perspective looking back, as she writes her own graphic autobiography. Alison struggles to make sense of her past, particularly her relationship with her father, Bruce, the owner of the family business — the Bechdel Funeral Home, where we get the title of the show: ‘Fun’ Home. As she watches her father’s self-loathing consume him, Alison recognizes her own experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity. As Fun Home progresses, Alison is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, finally entering into them, desperate but unable to reverse her father’s self-destruction. An unforgettable and groundbreaking musical, Fun Home explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to alternately destroy or shape, our identity.

Performer Dustin Presley is returning to the Corn Stock stage as the father, Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home, after most recently appearing as the lead role in Corn Stock’s 2017 production of the musical Parade.  Mr. Presley is now based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he works as a freelance casting director for Television and Film.

Happy to return to the Peoria area to appear in this groundbreaking musical, Mr. Presley stated that this is more than just a complicated ‘double coming out’ story. “Fun Home explores the importance of the strong bond of a father-daughter relationship. While the character of Alison feels she has nothing in common with her father, she realizes later in life that he transformed who she became.”

The musical, directed by Deric Kimler, features a stunning score with live musicians and outstanding local performers, including Rebekah Dentino, Rose Blume, Anna Gross, Monica Lin, Gordon Jockisch, Daniel Duran, Beth Ann Evers, Todd Michael Cook, and Connor Gibler.

This show contains adult subject matter. Tickets are available at the box office at the door before performances, at the Business Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com.

February 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm, February 10 & 17 at 2:30 pm

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