I had the honor of illustrating and designing the posters for Theater J's upcoming season. This marks the fourth consecutive year that I’ve worked on their season artwork and branding. Typically, a season consists of 6-7 posters, but due to theater renovations the theater will only be producing four shows.
This year, the posters were designed to look even more branded than years past. To do this, I used a consistent and limited color palette; ditched the hand lettering for the play's titles because it was deemed too difficult to work with across a wide variety of marketing materials; and I created a red tab using handwriting to establish the season. As a result, the posters look clean, bold, and fresh.
Here is a description of each play:
Tom and Amber, freshmen at Princeton University, seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren’t. What begins as a casual hook up turns into a Title IX trial in which both students have everything to lose. Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this provocative new play by Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) investigates the intersection of gender and race in campus politics today, offering a nuanced and psychologically rich portrait of a generation.
The Jewish Queen Lear
At long last, the most widely performed script in the Yiddish theatrical canon receives its English-language world premiere. Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece shines in a scintillating new translation.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy is a poignant valentine to unlikely love. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, middle-aged Jewish accountant Matt Freidman has only one chance to win the heart of Sally Talley, a 31-year-old ‘old maid’ from a bigoted Protestant family. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt and Sally reawaken one another to love, ultimately finding that they do belong – together. Directed by Aaron Posner, Talley’s Folly is a funny and heart-warming theatrical duet.
The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lanecombines enthralling story telling with breath-taking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.