“Last year, when I saw the movie “Bridesmaids,” I realized the strides that have been made in “the women as jester” role. Not only were the women fools, but their shapely feminine bodies failed them. It’s one thing to be funny and hot, but to be funny and hot and vomiting has been the exclusive purview of men. That is progress.”—Cartoonist Hilary Price
Sundance Institute announced the eight projects—selected from nearly 900 submissions—to participate in the 2012 Theatre Lab, July 9-29 at the Sundance Resort, and two of them address LGBT themes.
Fun Home is Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s musical adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel which is about the family business, the Bechdel Funeral Home, and charts Bechdel’s quest to come to terms with her father’s life and death by painstakingly reconstructing their shared but unspoken bond. “My father and I grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town and he was gay and I was gay and he killed himself and I became a lesbian cartoonist,” Bechdel writes. Sam Gold is directing.
Congrats Ms. Bechdel and the Fun Home musical crew!
Just a heads up, a recent episode of the public radio show "Native American Calling" covered depictions of indigenous characters in comic books and video games. It’s a great show, and keep an ear out around the 20-minute mark for "Super Indian" creator Arigon Starr!