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Saturday, May 31, 2021

I liked the design of this subway poster for the upcoming season of Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Hamlet” paired with the hippie-musical “Hair” so much that I snapped a cameraphone photo of it. Apologies for the middling-to-poor quality; I tried to find a cleaner version online, but no such luck.

What I like best about it, outside of the mock-industrial print design, is the deft visual method of combining two very different stage plays. The image of the skull is instantly associative with “Hamlet” thanks to the famous “alas poor Yorick” scene, while the wavy green lines added along the top of the cranium subtly suggest “hair”. Viola, a mohawked Yorick to define a summer of outdoor theater!

Works for me, anyway.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/31/2008 06:52:19 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Creative, New Yorkin'
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  1. This poster was made by pentagram design.
    you can find a better picture there, under identities.

    Comment by Anonymous — 08/09/2021 @ 09:03:24 AM

  2. Or even under the specific permalink, where Pentagram goes into detail on the poster and campaign. Thanks Anonymous! Gives me a great excuse to post the pic again in an update post…

    Comment by CT — 08/09/2021 @ 08:31:38 PM


    An anonymous tipster clued me in on the origin of the above poster for Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Hamlet” paired with the hippie-musical “Hair”, which captivated me so much a couple of months ago.
    Turns out it……

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 08/09/2021 @ 08:49:16 PM


    Following the thematic design from last year’s summertime promotion, the Public Theater is once again showing off some uniquely-conceived visuals in support of its Shakespeare in the Park productions.

    This summer, the two plays are Shakespeare’s …

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 05/23/2009 @ 06:22:12 PM

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