David Mamet’s Oleanna Poster for Black Bird Theater

Blackbird commissioned me to produce the marquee poster for their upcoming show of David Mamet’s Oleanna. Inspired by poster designs of the 1960s, specifically Saul Bass, the central theme of the show is the power struggle and miscommunication between men and women. The apple core speaks to the educational setting that the play takes place within, the yelling male and female faces show the power struggle, and the caption spells it out -The Original Power Play.

Read an an article on the upcoming show.

David Mamet's Oleanna poster for Black Bird Theater
David Mamet’s Oleanna poster for Black Bird Theater

Oleanna by David Mamet Teaser Poster

I was contacted by Wes and Greg at the BlackBird Theater company to do a teaser illustration for a 2 person show they will be adding to their 2013 season. It will be Oleanna by David Mamet – whuch opens Jun 6 at Lipscomb University here in Nashville.

The idea was to portray the complex themes in Oleanna written lightly on a blackboard. The title is scratched across after the middle area was suddenly wiped away, to show the intensity of the writing of Mamet. It promises to be a very interesting show.

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Pacific Overtures

Blackbird Theater is at it again with an ambitious show and they asked me to help out with some logo work, stage design, stage elements creation and illustration. They will be producing “Pacific Overtures” by Stephen Sondheim.

The basic stage concept is a mixed media construction. They will be printing large 8 foot by 4 foot banner imagery from fuedal japan (when the show takes place) and using projection screens along with physically constructed set pieces.

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  • Logo design
  • Large format banner layout and design
  • Projection elemtns design, illustration and design

“Penny Dreadfuls” for Blackbird Theater’s production of “Magic”

Two buddies of mine and past Trailer Trash Talk podcast co-hosts have been on wild and exciting theater rebirth in nashville. They have partnered with local Lipscomb University to bring back “The Thrill of Theater” to Nashville. The upcoming show “Magic” will be a foray into one of the works of GK Chesterton. Blackbird asked me to do a series of “Penny Dreadfuls” news pulp serials int her 1800’s style for email updates to evoke the style and tone of the era the plays takes place as a teaser for the play. The show looks great so far! “Magic” is to be held in the Shamblin Theater, University of Lipscomb, at 7:30 on the evenings of August 12 & 13, 19 & 20, and 25, 26 & 27.

Here is a video they produced to entice potential theater goers.

Here are my “Penny Dreadfuls” for Blackbird Theater’s production of “Magic”

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