by Hannah Moscovitch

Praire Theatre Exchange

April 8 – 25, 2021

Power. Privilege. Corruption.

World Premiere

“Politics and government are increasingly slipping back into the control of privileged elites in the manner characteristic of pre-democratic times.” – Colin Crouch

Welcome to the world of the 1%, the corporate elite, the “C-suite” – the “king-makers” whose influence flows through every aspect of our lives virtually unnoticed. When a CEO and his top executives are on a business trip for a major deal, a damaging sex scandal at the company is unearthed back home. As the pressure to complete the deal mounts, more secrets come to the surface, endangering the CEO’s company, his family, and his legacy. What happens to morality when human beings have limitless power?

I produced the portraits for the promotion of Post-Democracy for Prairie Theatre Exchange under the art direction of Guppy Design

The challenge is in these Covid-times is that you’re not able to photograph the actors as a group, so we did them individually and then Guppy created the group shot

While editing the images for Guppy I was struck by the range of emotions the actors were able to convey within minutes, it really was remarkable. When working with professionals, you really have to be ready, the moments come fast!

At the same time I was producing these portraits I was reading the recent autobiography of Richard Avedon, What Becomes a Legend Most. There is a part of the book describing the monumental project he did for Rolling Stone called The Family, where he documented the power elite of the USA.

So I had some fun converting the images of the cast of Post-Democracy to Black in White and encasing in the simple black frame. Yes it’s not EXACTLY like Avedon, but it’s neat to channel your influence into something and make it new.

Arne MacPherson
Alicia Johnston
Stephanie Sy
Kristian Jordan