Iowa Stage Partners with One Iowa on Tony Award Winning Musical Fun Home

Iowa Stage Theatre Company is proud to kick off the first production of our sophomore season with FUN HOME, the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. FUN HOME was written by Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori and based on the best-selling and award-winning graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, celebrated cartoonist of the long-running strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” and recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. FUN HOME is sponsored by Simonson and Associates and Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines.

This amazing production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The New York Times proclaims that “FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up”.

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 as you learn to undertand who you truly are and where you’ve come from.

Iowa Stage is proud to be partnering with ONE IOWA in promotion of FUN HOME and facilitating talk-back sessions after each show to help bring LGBTQ awareness to the forefront of community conversation. One Iowa is a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization working to preserve and advance equality for LGBTQ individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education.

Fun Home features a diverse cast of local guest artists including Rae Fehring, Craig Peterson, Erin Horst (Company), Abigail Feldman (A View From The Bridge), Poni Lejukole, Amara Feitelson, Blake Clyde, Jacob Forney and Jack Gabby. The show is being directed by Iowa Stage Resident Artist Company Member, Katy Merriman.

Full of honest emotion and amazing music, with some surprising laughs, FUN HOME is a can’t miss show.

Iowa Stage Theatre Company is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization created in 2017 from the collaboration of two of the area’s longest running and award winning theater companies. (Repertory Theater of Iowa and StageWest.) Iowa Stage Theatre Company transforms Iowa, its citizens, and arts community by producing truthful, relevant, and intimate theatre that inspires, enlightens, and entertains.

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Fun Home:  September 28th – October 14th, 2017

7:30pm: Sept. 28, 29, Oct 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13
2:00pm  Sept. 30, Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14

Performance Location:

Iowa Stage Theatre Company’s performance of Fun Home will be performed at The Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater at 9th and Cherry in Downtown Des Moines. The DMSC features thought-provoking theater, creative classes for all ages, collaborative workspace for non-profits, forward-thinking restaurants and bars, premier art galleries, and much more.

Fun Home Ticket Information:

Tickets are $40 for Adults, $35 for Seniors and $20 Students. $20 rush tickets are available at the door for Wednesday and Thursday performances while supplies last. Saturday Matinee shows will feature PAY WHAT YOU CAN pricing at the door. There is a small surcharge of $3 for ticket processing but after that patrons will be allowed to pay whatever they can afford to attend the show.  You can order by phone by calling Iowa Stage at 515.309.0251 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm), online at or purchase at the door.  Box office opens one hour prior to the show.