Georgetown University Department of Theater and Performance Studies’s last show of their 2010-11 season was an original adaptation of Michael Pollan’s "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" by theater professor Natsu Onoda-Power. Known for her unconventional approach to texts and narratives, Natsu divided the play into three acts, with each act occurring at different parts of the Davis Performing Arts Center. One of the many highlights of the play was “Act II,” where audience members must navigate through the building in order to find site-specific performances created and staged by the students, under Natsu’s supervision. Thus a map must be designed, both as a practical and functional system to navigate the building, but also as another aesthetic element of the world of The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Pitch: Given that the main focus of Pollan’s book is the history and popularity of corn, the proposed design seeks to utilize farmland imagery as well as food-specific colors, in order to reiterate the show’s general color scheme and overall visual look. The map was not only a functional guide to the building, but also (hopefully) a colorful and fun show paraphernalia as well.