decoration for Carpenter Square Theatre's 2000 production of DEATHTRAP
included a series of show posters depicting Sidney Bruhl's plays.
Based on their
design work on the slideshow used in TRAVELS
WITH MY AUNT, director Jo Perryman asked Don Lusk and Phil Carlton to create
the DEATHTRAP posters.
"The script only mentions the titles of the plays, so part of the fun of
designing these layouts was coming up with the 'plot' of the play and finding
suitable imagery to illustrate it."
had fun coming up with the actors names. At first, we were just going to invent
the actor's names, but with the exception of the GUNPOINT poster, all of the
names are real actors who appeared on Broadway in the '60s and '70s. For
THE MURDER GAME poster, we used the names of the original Broadway cast of
"GUNPOINT was our humble tribute to the Saul Bass graphic style."
DEATHTRAP is set in the late '70s, we assumed that the success of A CHORUS LINE
and COMPANY would not have gone unnoticed by Sidney Bruhl, considering the
artistic slump he's experiencing when the play opens. MURDERSONG was our concept
of what you'd get if Sidney tried to create a musical version of his successful
play THE MURDER GAME by collaborating with some of Broadway's hottest creative
talent of that period."
difficult to see in the small image, but the grey wash across the background is
actually a montage of musical notes that looks quite striking on the full sized
wasn't mentioned in the script, but we needed a couple of extra posters and we
found the great image of the phone and wanted to use it. So we just had to come
up with a title. Of course, DIAL M FOR MURDER and SORRY, WRONG NUMBER were
already taken so we brainstormed for a while and came up with about 20 names
before settling on DISCONNECTED. Some of the rejected names included: THE CALL
OF DEATH, WHEN DEATH CALLS, CALL ME MURDERER, DIALING FOR DEATH, DIALTONE,
555-KILL, BUSY SIGNAL, AREA CODE, and LAST CALL."
Poster designs by D&P Consulting