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Seventy Scenes of Halloween Promotion


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Michael Faber

Direction - Ed Hunt, Tim Scales



Laser Image Printing and Marketing

These spooky posters can be cut down into even spookier promotional cards with illustrations inspired by Edward Gorey’s rare and expensive Fantod Deck of tarot cards. Each card represent a character from Jeffrey M. Jones’ play “Seventy Scenes of Halloween.”  



Manbites Dog Theater

Quantity Produced


Production Cost

Production Time

1 week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Cards approx 2.5 × 5 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Number of Colors

1 (digital)




Hand-traced Mrs. Eaves
Mrs. Eaves


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Project Description

Seventy Scenes of Halloween is a curious production put on by Manbites Dog Theater. It's not your run of the mill play. It's filled with strange characters, weird events, and a touch of the macabre. Even the structure of the play is odd—the order that the 70 scenes are performed is at the discretion of the directors. Although Manbites Dog's very first production, 25 years ago, was Seventy Scenes of Halloween, theater-goers viewing the play this month will get an entirely different order than the original, and perhaps different from any other order ever performed.

To promote this curious little production, we decided to create a tarot deck, highly inspired by Edward Gorey's Fantod Deck. We used some of the core (and some not so core) characters and elements of the play to build a small deck of 8 cards, all illustrated in a similar style to Gorey's deck. In the run-up to the opening of the play, we scattered the various cards around Durham to build a curiosity around these strange characters, with the cards leading to a microsite featuring some (made-up) history of this lost deck, and a teaser trailer for the play.

Production Lesson(s)

Production-wise, to save a bit of money and streamline the production process, we built the cards into a two-sided poster that could either be displayed as a whole, or cut down into a deck of the cards.”

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Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

April 8, 2013


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