The Samara Fund
25th Anniversary Celebration

with guests

author of the graphic memoir Fun Home and syndicated cartoonist


Broadway star and Tony Award nominee for Best Actress for Fun Home

Friday, October 27, 2017

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Burlington City Arts, 135 Church Street

Tickets $50/person to benefit the Samara Fund
includes hors d'oeuvres and drinks.


A performance of Fun Home, produced by Vermont Stage Company,
will follow at 7:30 pm at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
Congratulations to Alison Bechdel and the cast and producers -
this October’s run of Fun Home is sold out. We look forward to future engagements.

Unable to attend the Samara benefit event but still want to make a donation?

The Samara Fund 25th Anniversary Celebration is sponsored by:


Meet Our Guests:

 Photo credit: Elena Seibert
Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For became a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. In 2006 she published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Time magazine named it the Best Book of 2006, describing the recursive investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home was adapted into a musical by the playwright Lisa Kron and the composer Jeanine Tesori. It opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theater on April 19, 2015, and won five Tony Awards, including "Best Musical."             

Beth Malone originated the role of Alison Bechdel in the musical Fun Home from workshops, to the 2013 Off-Broadway production at the Public Theater. She continued the role in the 2015 Broadway production at the Circle in the Square Theatre, which concluded its Broadway engagement on September 10, 2016. Critic Steven Suskin called her performance "the glue that holds the show together." She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance.

The Samara Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation is the leading source of permanent support dedicated to nurturing the vitality, success, and well-being of Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and organizations through dynamic and sustained philanthropy.

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