I've recently completed the a new poster for Arena Stage's production of Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams. The story is about time, and it's affect on the three main characters. Chance Wayne, a handsome young man that has left his hometown behind in hopes of becoming a star. Princess Kosmonopolis, a famous actress fleeing from her recent Hollywood debut, and Heavenly Finley, Chance Wayne's first true love, who was left with a sexually transmitted disease from one of Chance's many indiscretions in his attempt to climb to the top.
Cathleen Tefft was the art director on the piece. After quite a few sketches, I settled on the idea of pairing Princess's Hollywood glamour photo next to her rapidly aging hands. Think "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. I kept thinking of these frail, ancient hands, their texture, and their failing attempt to hold on to and prop up this idealized beauty.