Project: Fun Home
Production: Ground Floor Theatre
Location: Ground Floor Theater, Austin, TX
Direction: Lisa Schepps
Text: Lisa Kron/ Alison Bechdel
Set: Ia Ensterä
Lighting: Natalie George
Costumes: Pam Friday
Music: Adam Roberts
Photography: Kenny Gall/ Dave Hawks
"This issue (supertitles during dialogue in sign language), however, is lessened by Ia Ensterä's masterful set design. In keeping with the theme of Alison's utilitarian rebellion against her father's obsession with lavish outward appearances, Ensterä has crafted a minimalist, uncluttered set that fits the show's setting of the past not as it was but as it's oft remembered, leaving little in the way of distractions from the cast's powerful stage presence."
"Staged in three quarter instead of in the round like the Broadway production, it allows for Ia Enstera's marvelously clever graphic cartoon background which helps anchor the work in the source material."
"Director Scheps chose to stage this musical in thrust-stage format. I'm not good at estimating distances because my depth perception is poor, but it seemed that the playing space was at least fifty feet square. The only fixed set pieces were the walls across the depth of the playing space, used by designer Ia Ensterä to depict panels suggesting Bechdel's 2006 graphic novel. Movable set pieces trundled on and off the stage included a bed and a coffin. A slightly raised platform ran across the depths of the stage."