For this revival of famed play Six Degrees of Separation, playwright John Guare, director Trip Cullman and producers Stuart Thompson and Tim Levy encouraged me to find an image as strong as the original James McMullan painting for it's premiere production at Lincoln Center. After some discussion I put forward the idea of Alex Katz to do portraits of the cast. Mr. Katz proved enthusiastic of the idea, but too busy to do three new portraits. He gave me carte blanche to consider his body of work, and after many many combinations, we found the perfect match in these three images - hopefully speaking to the cultural elite of the plays art world zeitgeist, and our anti-heroes hope of joining that world.
Creative Direction & Designer: Drew Hodges
Illustration: Alex Katz