Gonzo artist and famed Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman made an impromptu Times Square appearance Friday to splash paint all over the doors of Booth Theatre, where Taylor Mac’s new play “Gary” was in previews.
“Steadman’s work was part of the visual inspiration for the comedy’s design team, and is featured in its poster art,” explained a theater pro. When an onlooker asked what he was doing, Steadman replied, “I’m blessing this house with my own form of holy water!’”
The bloody, irreverent play starring Nathan Lane had an unusual Easter opening. But Steadman, we’re told, got a bit carried away, leaving so much wet paint on the sidewalk that theater staffers had to fan out and use backstage hair dryers to make sure that night’s audience didn’t make tracks of his art. The artist was seen splattering his wild work in a white apron.
He is known for illustrating both Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72,” as well as album covers for Frank Zappa and The Who, among other works.
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