I would like a poster created for a theatrical production I am mounting. The show is based on original adaptations of Greek history, myth, and folklore. It will premiere at an outdoor theater in a park in my home town.
The name "Women of Clay" was inspired by my geographic location (Clay County, MN) and feminine fertility idols - the idea that like clay, a woman is moldable, adaptable, and once exposed to fire, grows stronger. I want to tell stories about women that are either untold or unknown, particularly women who have lived in poverty and women of color.
As far as a design goes, I can see dark, warm, earthy colors dominating the palette. I also see women of clay, maybe like the Venus of Willendorf, not quite in the foreground reflecting fire light or sunlight. I want to evoke the feeling of familiarity within the observer, like they're returning to something they didn't know they missed. Almost like returning to the womb? A kiln, perhaps. Also, you could completely disregard this imagery. Upon reflection, it is a bit literal, and think I actually want to see some more figurative designs. A feminine form made from some kind of mineral (clay, marble, whatever) is my only requirement. Use the Venus of Willendorf as inspiration rather than literal visual translation. Since the performance is happening outside in a park, some greenery alluding to that would be effective.
I would like any font used to be bold and simple compared to the essence of the art it sits upon. While not jarring, it should get the viewer's attention and keep it, preferably with a single font style.
Info that would need to be on the poster:
Kate Aarness and the Plains Art Museum present
Women of Clay
An original adaptation of Greek myth, history, and folklore
7:00p August 2nd*, 3rd**, and 4th
Heritage Garden and Amphitheater, Woodlawn Park, Moorhead, Minnesota
Admission is free.
Incense will be burnt throughout the performance.
Parental discretion is advised.
Blankets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.
The show runs 50 minutes with no intermission.
More information at womenofclay.com
The viewer should be able to tell exactly what date the ASL interpretation and audio description are happening, preferably without using asterisks, those are there for your information. The reader should immediately able to tell exactly where the performance is taking place and when.
This piece is devised by all the participants within it. While I am the producer, the final ensemble piece will be a collective representation of the entire group's artistry. In addition to the imagery on the poster, I will need similar imagery for the website and Facebook event; let me know if this is something that could be added to my package.
The characters in the adaptation so far are the Greek queen Creusa, daughter of King Erichthonius, and Sappho, the Greek poet. There will be a third to-be-determined character, but she will be based on Greek myth. The play will be about these three women's stories and how their lives as women so far back in history can still carry implications about women in the world today.
Ultimately, the poster and imagery should clue in the viewer that the performance is happening outside and is part of something ancient and inherent.