Ten Chimneys was the home of Broadway's Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin. When they weren't astounding New York audiences with their theatrical artistry , this couple hosted the glitterati of Broadway and exemplified gracious living during their summers off (afforded by their contract with the Theatre Guild). The home is now maintained by the Ten Chimneys Foundation and is open for tours in the summers and hosts the annual Ten Chimneys Fellowship, an intensive workshop for top regional actors let by a different master teacher every year.
In 2011, Squigs was approached by then President of the Foundation, Sean Malone, to create an exhibit of illustrations highlighting some of Alfred and Lynn's moments onstage as well as domestic moments at the estate.
This illustration was created as an exercise in drawing someone at different ages, and I also wanted to pay tribute to Stephen Sondheim and his legendary work. The four portraits are based on photos, and the trees in the background are made up of musical notes and some of his lyrics.
One of my most recent sketches celebrating the show family of a production in which I appeared onstage. The tradition of presenting a closing night sketch led directly to my current vocation, and I'm very grateful. This production took place at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, California in early 2012, and it starred Davis Gaines, Lesli Margherita, and yours truly.
In 2009 I was contacted by the production company responsible for the movie Butter which was starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman, Alicia Silverstone, and more. They specifically requested a big-head caricature of Burrell that would be printed on shirts to be worn by his character Bob's fan club. Bob was a championship butter carver.
In the film, the hilarious Kristen Schaal plays the head of Bob's fan club and is featured in many scenes wearing or otherwise featuring the caricature.
One of my latest sketches celebrating the show family of a production in which I appeared onstage. The tradition of presenting a closing night sketch led directly to my current vocation, and I'm very grateful.
Betty Blue Eyes features music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, and book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman. It's based on the darkly comic 1984 film A Private Function, about haves and have-nots and a pig that finds herself caught in the middle in post-WWII countryside Britain. This US premiere production took place at Music Theatre of Wichita in the summer of 2013, and it starred Larry Raben, Tracy Lore, Mary Stout, Monte Wheeler, and yours truly. As part of my tradition I often feature little inside jokes, in this case some of the phrases on the protest signs.
This unpublished illustration of renowned Tony-winning Broadway composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown was created as a possible promotional image for a benefit featuring his work.
This piece was commissioned by the Eugene O'Neill Society as part of a tribute to Arthur & Barbara Gelb, foremost experts on O'Neill.
Mr. Gelb was managing editor of the New York Times for 30 years. It fell to him to unwrap each new drawing by his friend Al Hirschfeld. Sometimes the wrappings would be adorned with tongue-in-cheek warnings from Mr. Hirschfeld. A favorite? "Do not dip in chicken fat!"
Michael Kuchwara, renowned longtime theatre critic for the Associated Press, passed away in 2010 from Pulmonary Fibrosis. Friends and colleagues joined with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation to produce an annual benefit called Broadway Belts. I was honored to be asked to contribute this caricature as a promotional image for the event's inaugural year. The original hangs at the Angus McIndoe restaurant near Kuch's favorite table.
John McMartin, as Elisha Whitney in the 2011 Broadway revival of Anything Goes, was the last member of that company to maintain a perfect attendance record. To honor him, his fellow actors pitched in to commission this illustration highlighting his character's alleged encounter with an enormous seagull.