Poster for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

 You don’t see anything, do you? You see everything but the goddamn mind; you see all the little specs and crap, but you don’t see what goes on, do you?

  – Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?    


When I first read Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? the summer before my senior year of high school, I thought it put a strange blur on reality.  Four years later, I designed this poster to convey that same gradual twisting and bending of what Albee’s characters know to be true.


The Idea


I didn’t want to overcomplicate the symbolism within the poster, but at the same time, it needed to capture the gradual dissolution of the characters’ ties to reality.

I decided to take an illustrated approach, as I thought it would fit the almost cartoonish absurdity that the play eventually turns into.  Since the play’s title is a pun on “who’s afraid of the big bad wolf,” I decided to depict a representation of how people cover up their inner demons with an “everything is okay” façade.

The second component was more subtle: the background pattern gradually warps, which symbolizes the plotline of the play.


The Execution


The overall aesthetic ended up almost child-like: in the play, the adults exhibit increasingly immature behavior until they are ultimately forced to face reality.


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