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Kathleen Turner in a still from, Body Heat, the movie that made her a star.

2014 got off to a great start by being asked to photograph movie star, Kathleen Turner, for Arena Stage’s upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war drama, Mother Courage and her Children!

Arena Stage Artistic Director, Molly Smith writes, “In Mother Courage, Brecht wrote one of the greatest roles a woman can play. Anna Fierling – known as Mother Courage – is a single mother trying to keep her family alive and her business afloat during the Thirty Years War. She is strong. She is determined. And she is resilient. Who better to take on this epic role than Kathleen Turner – a brilliant theater artist who brings so much verve and truth to the characters she creates?

Tony Powell Kathleen Turner FB II

© Tony Powell. January 7, 2014

I 1st met Kathleen, in New York City, when she was a guest artist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and I, a student at Juilliard. I’ve photographed her many times since then, but this time was, by far, the most interesting and artistically challenging! For a series of solo portraits we drew inspiration from wartime-era propaganda posters such as the famous Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” image created by J. Howard Miller in 1943.

We Can Do It poster from 1943

“We Can Do It!” poster from 1943

Propaganda-era inspired portrait shoot with Kathleen Turner

© Tony Powell. Propaganda-era posters were the source of inspiration for the solo portraits I created of Kathleen Turner as Mother Courage. January 7, 2014

Tony Powell Photographing cast of Mother Courage. Arena Stage

© Tony Powell. Behind-the-scenes “family” portrait of Mother Courage and her Children. January 7, 2014

For more information and to purchase tickets click HERE!