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Welders – Happiness


Two months ago, Bob Bartlett, one of the Welders, posted a teaser about his upcoming show: Happiness (and other reasons to die). I immediately sent him the picture above, which I took three years ago, and we were both a little astounded.

I've posted about the Welders before: How they are a group I love to collaborate with because our creative sensibilities meld so well and lead to the creation of interesting, engaging work. Well, in this case, our sensibilities not only were a spot on match, but also, I created my part of the work long before they needed it, in fact, before the play and even the theatre company existed.

So now this picture is a part of Bob's promotion of the show going forward, and I couldn't be happier with this creative partnership that keeps growing, even backwards in time.

Previews start tonight, and you can get tickets for the show here!

Smokey Joe’s Café @ Arena Stage

Jay Adriel and Austin Colby

I was fortunate enough to be asked to document the rehearsal process of Smokey Joe's Café at Arena Stage. I worked with the marketing and social networking team at Arena, we decided on a raw and vintage look for the shots, to call to mind the photographic style that documented the early days of rock 'n' roll and the creation of the music that makes up the show.

Ashley Blair Fitzgerald

Kara-Tameika Watkins