Production Poster

The publicity poster for the production took Grant Wood’s classic painting, American Gothic (1930), as its central image, but obscured the eyes of the two figures. The painting suggests the dark underbelly of rural America.


The poster blacks out the two individuals’ eyes in the style of a crime photo in which the accused retain their anonymity until proven guilty. This device was employed to suggest a shift away from individual guilt in the production, towards an invitation to consider the bigger social picture, represented in the poster by the couple’s house.


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David Barnett
Professor of Theatre
University of York