New Work: 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays

Word is out! I was commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville to create the poster artwork for the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays. This is a huge honor because each year they select one artist to create a graphic image to visually represent the Festival.

The 37-year old Humana Festival is an internationally renowned showcase of stage premieres produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, a non-profit professional regional theatre company.  Many of the plays premiered in this celebrated annual event have had subsequent productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on film, TV and at regional theatres across the country. And three festival plays have won Pulitzers. Previous artists include greats like Wiktor Sadowski, Brian Cronin, Istvan Orosz, Chip Kidd. (I have a print by Brian Cronin in my living room -- It's my favorite piece of art!)

I must have sketched several dozen ideas for this before coming up with this simple one of a sledge hammer breaking the mask. This concept speaks to the fact that many of these new plays push the boundaries of form and structure of a typical play. The playwrights are always inventing new approaches to story telling. For example, last year a play was "mixed" with turntables by a dj, and the year before there was a play with no props -- but the actors acted like they had props -- and there were sounds and other visual queues to back it up. Very fun.

I was honored to be asked. I really like how this piece turned out, and I think the art director and his team were pleased, too. :)