Pacific-Overtures

Sondheim’s musical portrays the arrival of American ships through the eyes of the Japanese. My illustration puts a literal spin on it, with the ships (adapted from a historical Japanese drawing) replacing the eyes of an abstracted Noh mask.

 

For this Broadway production, I created a composite image from four separate photos, and hand-painted the title treatment to reflect the whiskey-soaked atmosphere of O’Neill’s classic drama.

 

The blood-red hand print, its placement between the two words, and even the way the slash cuts through three of the fingers, all referenced specific images from the script. Tony Kushner selected this poster himself, saying, “Whoever made this really understood my play.”

 

The bug referenced in the title is either a literal insect, or a hidden microphone, depending on your interpretation of the play. I created this poster based, in part, on a can of insecticide.

 

The script for “Psych” begins with a description of the set as “a maze of cubicles.” I turned the title itself into the maze, and photographed five co-workers to represent the characters in the play.

 

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FOL_HenryVIII

The client supplied the photography of the actors, and I designed the type and the Folger Theatre logo for the 2010–2011 season materials.

 

FOL_Hamlet

Halmet is Shakespeare’s most-performed play, so it’s challenging to make a unique poster for it. I sketched this illustration quickly in Photoshop, thinking we would replace it with a more finished version, but in the end we kept the rough original. Shakespeare’s name does double duty as the handle of the shovel.