Court Martial at Fort Devens by Jeffrey Sweet

23 03 2012

The next play being put on by the Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC) is a historical play about black women in the army during WWII. They joined to become nurses and were told by a racist general that they could not treat white soldiers and were demoted to cleaning duty. They go on strike and by disobeying the orders of a general are court martialed. They will either go to prison for standing up for themselves and wanting to be nurses, or go back to cleaning floors.

This is the illustration I created for ETC. I wanted it to be monochromatic, but also a play on the white uniforms of a nurse vs. the blue uniforms that the janitors wear. These women were confined unwillingly to clean toilets when in fact they were trained to be nurses.

You can see the play at the First United Methodist Church, 23 Willow Street, Mystic CT. A portion of the profits to benefit Military Child Education Coalition.

Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 4pm
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 8pm
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 4pm

Tickets are $25/person, $20 for students and seniors. Call 860.705.9711 for tickets or go to:

This illustration was created in watercolor.


Picasso at the Lupin Agile

7 05 2009

Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC) is putting on their 4th production this coming July. Picasso at the Lupin Agile by Steve Martin in Mystic, CT. This play takes place in a bar (the Lupin Agile) in Paris in 1904 and follows the conversation of Einstein and Picasso, two very different and influential minds at the turn of the century.

I have been doing all of ETC’s illustrations as well as the design work since their inception last year. Here is the image that I created for Picasso at the Lapin Agile:


The play is cleverly written by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin!). Picasso and Einstein are two very different types of geniuses. They are both young men at this point in time and are on the verge of greatness. Einstein is about to publish the Special Theory of Relativity followed by the General Theory of Relativity. Picasso was just ending his Blue Period, and was about to enter his Rose Period, (1904-1907) followed by cubism.

Come see this wonderfully clever play this summer!

The illustration is in pencil, and is approximately 12″ x 8″.