The Origin of Love poster

Thursday, June 27, 2019

I had made a poster for John Cameron Mitchell’s Origin of Love show in Australia last year, sharing stories and songs from Hedwig to raise money for his mom’s healthcare. Alzheimer’s is a beast.

When he said he’d be doing the show a year later in New York I enthusiastically put it on the calendar. I hadn’t realized it’d be in the swirl of Pride month and proximity to Folsom Street East.

So everything fell into place for this trip and I’m extremely grateful. As the date drew nearer, I wanted the artwork to be committed to ink on paper and enlisted the help of DIY Printing to make a traditional poster. Aaron made it pop with rich red and silver inks.

I went and saw the Saturday show and it was excellent to hear the stories from Stephen Trask and John about the journey to Hedwig. The night would have many special moments: real-time overhead projections by an artist to the side of the stage, and a rousing rendition of Dance This Mess Around with Lena Hall, Miriam Shor and Amber Martin.

Standing ovation.