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