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USD Theatre Welcomes Audiences Back with 'Fun Home'

USD students Taylor Gravert and Megan Gilbreath as two ages of Alison Bechdel in the production of Fun Home. Taylor Gravert (left) as Alison Bechdel, age 19, and Megan Gilbreath (right) as Alison Bechdel, age 43, in USD Theatre's production of "Fun Home."

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s Department of Theatre is pleased to welcome audiences back to live performances for the first time since February 2020 with the powerful and poignant musical "Fun Home," running Sept. 23-26.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, “Fun Home” is an intimate musical about coming of age, coming to terms and coming out of the closet. Bechdel opens her memories like a collage for the audience as we follow her journey as a child, a college student and an adult.

Joe Stollenwerk, director and assistant professor in the theatre department, said the show holds a special place in his heart. “I wrote my dissertation on musicals written by women, and it’s an honor to direct the first musical with an all-female writing team to win Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score,” Stollenwerk said. “‘Fun Home’s’ focus on women and LGBTQ+ characters speak so strongly to those audiences, but its focus on family dynamics and growing make it universally relatable. It’s the perfect show to bring us back into the theatre space together. It’s an emotional journey, but one that has humor and joy.”

Megan Gilbreath, a junior B.F.A. musical theatre major, plays the role of Bechdel, aged 43. “There’s something in ‘Fun Home’ for everyone,” said Gilbreath. “It is a story of accepting yourself and moving on and realizing that your past and where you have come from don’t truly define you. There’s something in this show that everyone can take away from it.”

‘Fun Home’ performs Sept. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets ($15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen [62+], $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and free for USD students with ID) can be purchased in the afternoons (noon - 5 p.m.) starting Sept. 16 at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling 605-658-3484; tickets can also be purchased online at

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USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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