New key art has been revealed for the Avett Brothers musical Swept Away, set to play Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. November 25–December 30. The new artwork is designed by Ken Taylor (known for his work with such rock artists as Metallica, Pearl Jam, The Pixies, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, and The Avett Brothers) and Drew Hodges (the mind behind the art for Broadway's Hamilton, Chicago, and Company).
"As a long time Avett Brothers fan and concert poster artist, this was a dream gig for me," says Taylor. "I absolutely loved working on this one and I can’t wait to see it out in the wild!"
See the full poster below:
"Before Hamilton, before Chicago, before Rent, before Broadway, I did rock 'n' roll," adds Hodges. "I created album packages for the likes of Aerosmith, Lisa Loeb, and branding work for MTV and Swatch in its heyday. Knowing how much excitement there is working on The Avett Brothers’ first project for the musical stage, I was thrilled to collaborate with Ken, the master of the reborn alt rock poster, and hopefully surprise audiences with a fresh new look that shakes up the stage."
Limited edition 16-by-24-inch screen prints of the design are available at CGMNYC.co.
The musical features music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated folk-rock band The Avett Brothers and a book by Tony Award winner John Logan, with Tony winner Michael Mayer at the helm. The D.C. run follows a 2022 world premiere run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Much of the cast from the first run will reprise their performances at Arena, including Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening), Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (Kinky Boots), Adrian Blake Enscoe (Apple TV+’s Dickinson), and Wayne Duvall (1984).
The ensemble will include Hunter Brown (The Sound of Music), Matt DeAngelis (Waitress), Taurean Everett (Moulin Rouge!), Cameron Johnson (Into the Woods), Brandon Kalm (Waitress), Michael J. Mainwaring, Orville Mendoza (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tyrone L. Robinson (Frozen), John Sygar (Look Both Ways), and Jamari Johnson Williams (Ain’t Too Proud).
Joining Mayer on the creative team are Tony Award-nominated choreographer David Neumann, music supervisor Brian Usifer (arrangements and orchestrations are by Chris Miller and Usifer), music director Will Van Dyke, Tony Award-winning set designer Rachel Hauck, Tony Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty, four-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams, Tony Award-winning sound designer John Shivers, New York casting director Jim Carnahan, Jillian Cimini, and Alexandre Bleau, CSA, D.C. casting director Joseph Pinzon, stage manager Matthew Leiner, and assistant stage managers Alice M. Pollitt, Marne Anderson, and Jalon Payton.
Swept Away follows four survivors of an 1888 shipwreck off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts. As they struggle to stay alive, they must question whether or not they can live with the consequences of their actions, and discover how tragedy can lead to forgiveness.