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"Somewhere That's Green"
Lobby Display
Inspired by Audrey's ballad, this lobby looked at Little Shop of Horrors relationship to the genre of science fiction through an optimistic lens. What did science fiction look like to the middle class in the sixties? Was this imagining of the future widely accessible? Both lobby displays also featured vines from Audrey II creeping from the stage into the scenes we created. 

Blue Poster Text

The 1950’s and 60’s were a period of optimism. Following the Great Depression and the Second World War, the American middle class experienced an economic upturn and thoughts turned to the future. These dreams were fantastic and as we can see today, a little unrealistic. Haven’t we all been entertained looking at images of the technology the people of the 1960’s expected to be around today?

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From the comfort of their suburban living rooms popular television programs explored the wonders the futures may hold. The Jetsons, Lost in Space and Star Trek all began in the 1960’s and each offered the best of what the future may hold, particularly the exploration of outer space.

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Audrey dreams of living a suburban life, and the opportunity Seymour provides takes some of the optimism of space travel but with a sinister twist. Little Shop of Horrors upbeat pastiche music evokes the middle class optimism for the future, but Audrey II uses the appeal of the suburban life to tempt Seymour into committing acts of horror.
"Down on Skid Row"
Lobby Display
Inspired by the song "Down on Skid Row", this lobby showcased the flip side of what
Science Fiction could mean. To the affluent science fiction was hopeful and forward looking like Star Trek or The Jetsons but to the less socially and financially secure it represented deep anxiety and manifested in horror movies such as Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and of course Roger Cormans original B-movie film Little Shop of Horrors. 

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Lingering concerns from the recent world war and escalating tensions on the world stage also led to increasing concerns about invasions. It Came from Outer Space, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Night of the Living Dead all featured middle America being shaken by the intrusion of unknown forces.

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Is it any question why at the same time suburban families were enjoying “Somewhere That’s Green” original monsters and monster adaptations such as Frankenstein, Dracula and The Creature from the Black Lagoon began to take over the pop culture landscape?

For Sale Flyer Text

Media often reflects the social and economic state of the time it was produced. Skid Row in 1950 was home to the country’s largest homeless population, despite the general economic boom that was occurring following the end of the great depression and World War II.
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