Fun Home; Costume Design; Haitian Art; Indoor Architecture Art

Opening this weekend at Playhouse Square is the Tony Award winning musical "Fun Home." The story is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel of the same name. It explores her childhood growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania. In 2015 it received twelve Tony Nominations, winning for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction. Recently Jeanine Tesori, the show's Composer was in town and stopped by the idea center to talk about this ground breaking show.

Costume designers work tirelessly to help an actor get into character. At the exhibit, "The Character of Cloth," in Houston, Texas, revealed is the creativity and craftsmanship that goes in to creating one of a kind costumes.

A devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit the island of Haiti in 2010 laid ruin to its capital Port-au-Prince, killing over 160,000 people, leveling landmark buildings and destroying many works of art. Recently, one of the largest private collections of Haitian art in the U.S., made more precious by this tragic event, was exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin.

Architect Terry Welker's large-scale kinetic sculptures dramatically transform the spaces they occupy. Made from materials like steel, aluminum, copper and bronze, these delicate and graceful mobiles come alive with both elegant near misses and chaotic soft collisions.


Jeanine Tesori, Music Composer, "Fun Home"

Molly Dill, General Manager, The Houston Grand Opera

Margaret Andera, Milwaukee Art Museum

Terry Welker, Architect/Sculptor



Fun Home

Sep. 29, 2016

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