A Night of Madness Poster

Who gets to decide if a person is crazy? Do some people just happen to see the world in a different way than we do? What if they’re only a little crazy? Why is it always so important to us to “cure” them, to bring them back to the standard worldview?

These are the issues that director Kate Soller seeks to explore in A Night of Madness, which opens November 4 at Santa Monica High School’s Humanities Center Theatre. For her first production as Samohi’s new drama instructor, Soller is excerpting scenes from Ken Kesey‘s brilliant One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Mary Chase‘s wry comedy Harvey with its six-foot tall invisible rabbit.

As regular readers of this blog know, I’ve been creating posters for Samohi’s plays and musicals for the past three years. (My son’s been in most of them, which, of course, is how I got hooked.) These are the kinds of projects we designers love: tight constraints, sure, but also lots of freedom to find interesting solutions, and an end result that has a positive impact — in this case, on the program, on the school and on the community it serves.

I really like this one. Hope you do, too.

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