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‘Fun Home’ Actress Believes in Musical’s Positive Messages

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“Fun Home,” a musical based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, is coming to Proctors from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. Following Bechdel through her youth, the musical highlights her coming-out experience and her complicated relationship with her closeted queer father.

Alison’s first love, Joan, is played by Victoria Janicki. This is Janicki’s first national Broadway tour.

Janicki studied acting at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, N.J., the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and MasterClass with veteran actor Kevin Spacey. She has played both Cassius and Brutus in “Julius Caesar” and has appeared on the TV shows, “Blacklist” and “Elementary.”

Janicki has a deep connection with the character Joan. Beyond being “the epitome of cool” as Janicki said, Joan is the confident, honest, powerful person we all strive to be.

Joan is witty, attractive, and secure in herself.

While Janicki has put parts of herself into her portrayal of Joan, she has also channeled Joan in her own life. Playing Joan has made her more comfortable in her own skin. She has come to recognize her own strength as an actress and a new confidence in her sexuality.

Putting herself in Joan’s self-assured shoes has allowed Janicki to be proud of her identity as a bisexual woman.

Janicki said that the best possible praise is whenever an audience member tells her how “Fun Home” has changed how he or she views oneself. Janicki passionately believes that this

play inspires people to be comfortable with their identities.

“Fun Home” is topical in its coverage of LGBTQ+ youth, suicide, and family dynamics.

“This play is a movement,” Janicki said, showing her care for the play’s message of acceptance.

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Katie Gibson is the lifestyle editor for the Albany Student Press. She is also a DJ for WCDB.

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