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I became a fan of graphic designers when I was introduced to the art of gig posters about a decade ago by friends that were older and cooler than me.
You’d see them plastered up like Enlightenment pamphlets if you looked any direction in downtown. The good ones made you feel like you had heard the band before you had the chance… which was handy, since half those groups had names barring them from advertising on television (luckily, none of this has changed). Spray-paint. Skulls. Xeroxed comic book pages. Pictures from magazines. Photoshop. Ephemera was the only kind of punk rock I’d listen to. I never went to the shows. To me, the posters were more important.
Theatre B strives to collaborate with artists in our region, and starting this year, we are extending that into the realm of graphic design. Theatre B is incredibly lucky to have four local graphic designers create our Season 11 posters, which you’ll soon see in the coffee shops next to the bands, missing bikes and prayer groups.
Adam Wiedman (RED), Shannon Luney (Scrooge MacBeth), Jeff Knight (Gruesome Playground Injuries) and Eric Ista (Clybourne Park), all employees of Sundog Interactive, are names well known in Fargo’s supremely talented graphic design community. As a bonus, their personal art will be on display in Theatre B’s lobby during the run of their poster’s show.
We hope this kind of design partnership to be a lasting tradition for Theatre B. If you are an artist interested in collaborating on future season designs, please feel free to stop by the theatre to chat, or you can send me an email at mrtuckerlucas at gmail dot com. Or if you just want to geek out about tricolor screen prints or the pencils of John Buscema, that’s cool too. See you this season!
by Tucker Lucas
Theatre B Ensemble Member