Much Ado About Nothing

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I recently created the illustration and design for
Capitol Shakespeare’s 2016 performance of Much Ado About Nothing.

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Capitol Shakespeare Presents: The Comedy Of Errors – Illustration & Design by Bree Reetz

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I’m excited to share with you the branding I created
for Capitol Shakespeare‘s summer play:
The Comedy Of Errors. They decided to set the scene
for this production in one of my favorite eras, the roaring
1920s. So it was especially fun to dive into that era,
bringing a modern look to some really snazzy Art Deco
inspiration. If you’re in Bismarck ND, make sure to get
yourself to one of their free performances: July 22-26 7pm.

The Comedy of Errors is the story of not one but two sets
of twins who are separated at birth. One set ends up in
Syracuse and the other in Ephesus. The twins from Syracuse
set out on a journey to find their mother and brothers. Once
they arrive in Ephesus however, they are constantly mistaken
for their twin brothers and all sorts of hijinks ensue!
The Comedy of Errors is full of humor, wit, and of course
a happy ending.

Fargo Film Festival 2014

Fargo Film Festival Poster created by Bree Reetz

Take a moment and let me share with you, my inspiration in the creation of this piece.

This american life did a tribute episode for their friend and contributor,
David Rakoff. Since he’d appeared on the show no less than 25 times,
I was familiar with and fond of his audio presence.

But what moved me to tears, was a powerful quote from his book
“Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish” that he finished
recorded less than two weeks before he died of cancer. And I’d
encourage you to listen to that episode because the quality of his voice as
it rasps through a weary body makes this quote even more poignant
(if that’s possible)…

It was sadness that gripped him, far more than the fear

That, if facing the truth he had maybe a year.

When poetic phrases like “eyes, look your last”

Become true, all you want is to stay, to hold fast.

A new, fierce attachment to all of his world

Now pierced him, it stabbed like a diety-hurled

Lightning bolt lancing him, sent from above,

Left him giddy and tearful. It felt like young love.

He’d thought of himself as uniquely proficient

At seeing, but now that sense felt insufficient.

He wanted to grab, to posses, to devour

To eat with his eyes, how he needed that power.”

And this quote, heard on the last breaths of a dying
man really speak to me about life.

And the powerful beauty of participating in
life and the world around us.

And I felt like creating this poster for
the film festival was a great chance
to celebrate this idea,

He wanted to grab, to posses, to devour

To eat with his eyes, how he needed that power.”

This idea is important not only to artists who area creating work
that reflects their experience and perception, but to the viewers who get
to devour a look at the world through another person’s eyes as well.