The first in a series of promotional posters created for the NIU School of Theatre and Dance Studio Series. The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang is a satirical comedy about 1950s American marriage and family. The story of Bette and Boo’s marriage is told through the humor found in the darkest of life’s horrors, weaving through three decades of divorce, alcoholism, madness and fatal illness.
The poster’s conceptual premise is centered around an image that is a direct reference to the plays time-period. The image presents the farcical interpretation of the 1950’s marriage. The literal butting of heads between husband and wife is absurd, and points to the obvious while ignoring the nuance found in a marriage. As the play is narrated by the son, the speech bubbles further this fallacy by highlighting the comic book quality that parents inhabit in their childrens’ minds. The pointed conversations that are observed and define the adult are dynamic and hero-like, yet tragically flawed. Stylistically and simultaneously appropriating a genre often linked to the 1950s. The muted color, references the time period and calls upon the marriage quip: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.