As we have been putting the house back together after last year’s fire, I decided that I was going to be very particular about what I hung on the wall. Only things that I really loved or things that had some meaning to us would be used as decoration. The walls were bare for six months — then we started adding things as we found the “perfect place” for things as we unpacked them.
This piece is a playbill for a one-man show we saw in Charlotte, NC back in 1982-83. Vincent Price doing Oscar Wilde — it was a totally amazing performance in a small venue called Spirit Square. The play bill poster is in black and white in pen and ink style printed on a light weight poster board. It has aged gracefully and is not at white as it was originally. I had custom mats cut — a black inner mat with a textured outer mat in a close color to the cream/off-white that the poster has turned. Finishing it with a simple black frame. We have hung it in the living room and it is perfect. I had to take the picture at an angle to keep from showing my reflection.
Spirit Square was a church that had been turned into a beautiful small theater by the Charlotte Theatre Company — very ‘intimate’ and easy to see and appreciate a performance of this kind. As I was leaving I just happened to pass a stack of these small posters and picked one up. I have carried this one around for over 20 years and now it has finally been framed, reminding me of a great performance by a very special actor.