ALISON BECHDEL was delighted with how her life was adapted for the stage. Now, she’s over the moon, too, with today’s Pulitzer jury recognition.
“I am thrilled about ‘Fun Home’ being a finalist for the Drama prize,” Bechdel tells The Post’s Comic Riffs, shortly after the Pulitzer Prize committee honored the musical based on her Eisner-winning 2006 graphic memoir (subtitled “A Family Tragicomic”) about sexual orientation and fraught family ties.
“Of course, I have no critical distance since it’s based on not just my book, but my life,” says Bechdel of the Jeanine Tesori (music)/Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) production that ended a Public Theater run in January and received nine Lucille Lortel Award nominations. “But I think it’s a freakishly good play. Maybe even a perfect play.”
The Pulitzer jury called the production “a poignant musical adaptation.”
Bechdel — who writes of growing up in rural Pennsylvania as a lesbian with a closeted father — is also creator of the two-decade comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out for” and the 2012 graphic novel “Are You My Mother?”
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama went to Annie Baker’s “The Flick,” which the jurors called “a thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters.” The production was directed by Sam Gold last year at New York’s Playwright Horizons/Mainstage Theatre.
The other Drama finalist was Madeleine George’s “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence,” which the judges called “a cleverly constructed play that uses several historical moments — from the 1800s to the 2010s — to meditate on the technological advancements that bring people together and tear them apart.”