Alison Bechdel visits Millbrook Playhouse
Graphic novel author Alison Bechdel was in the audience Friday at Millbrook Playhouse for “Fun Home,” the Tony Award-winning musical based on her ground-breaking graphic novel about growing up in the family that owned the Bechdel Funeral Home in Beech Creek. She and her brothers John and Christian attended the play, and Alison addressed the audience and fielded questions after the show. She also read a letter written to her mother, Helen, by Rebecca Gross, former editor of The Express. At top, the cast and other Millbrook company members pose with the Bechdels. At front center is Artistic Director David Leidholdt, holding the “Bechdel’s” sign. Alison is directly behind him, Christian is on his right (our left), in front, and John is on his left. Also in the photo are people from our region, including actors Dane Hanna, Kali Haines and Joey Watkins, artistic associate and director of theatre education Matt Spencer, far right, and general business manager David Gritzner, far left. At left, Alison, right, is seen at Millbrook with Samantha Carroll who played her in the musical. “Fun Home” closed this weekend. Millbrook is now presenting its last show of the summer, “Mrs. Mannerly,” a comedy in the cabaret, running through Aug. 13.