Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman are thrilled to announce that Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, has launched a partnership with the national nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps, on the occasion of the show’s one-year anniversary on Broadway. The collaboration, which serves StoryCorps’ mission to honor the lives of everyday Americans by recording and preserving conversations between them, encourages Fun Home fans to use StoryCorps’ free mobile app to record their stories about their own families and/or experiences seeing the show. All tagged stories will be streamable on-demand at StoryCorps.me/, in addition to being preserved in the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
All stories submitted during the month of April will be entered to win an exclusive contest, and one grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive two tickets to Fun Home, plus one night at a hotel in Times Square, as well as the chance to officially record their own story in the permanent StoryCorps recording booth in New York City. Official rules and regulations can be found here:www.funhomebroadway.com/StoryCorps.
Users can listen to stories recorded by members of the Fun Home cast and creative team, including Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Sam Gold, Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, and Sydney Lucas here: https://storycorps.me/user/fun-home/.
This collaboration between StoryCorps and Fun Home arose after StoryCorps’ 2015 gala, hosted by Mo Rocca, which celebrated StoryCorps OutLoud, a multi-year initiative dedicated to recording and preserving the stories of LGBTQ people across America, and honored Fun Home and Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.
The partnership will continue across the country once Fun Home begins its National Tour in Cleveland in October 2016.
Founded in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given a quarter of a million Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.
Recording a StoryCorps interview couldn’t be easier: You invite a loved one, or anyone else you chose, to one of the StoryCorpsrecording sites. There you’re met by a trained facilitator who greets you and explains the interview process. You’re then brought into a quiet recording room and seated across from your interview partner, each of you in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits “record,” and you share a forty-minute conversation. At the end of the session, you walk away with a copy of the interview, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come. Someday your great-great-great-grandchildren will be able to meet your grandfather, your mother, your best friend, or whomever it is you chose to honor with a StoryCorps interview.
With the 2015 TED Prize awarded to Dave Isay, StoryCorps has also launched an app that puts the StoryCorps experience entirely in the hands of users and enables anyone, anywhere to record meaningful conversations with another person. Uploaded interviews are preserved at the Library of Congress and on the website StoryCorps.me.
StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of the stories we record through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us.