Saverio Truglia Shoots for Steppenwolf Theatre

September 10, 2013

By Barbara Goldman

© Saverio Truglia

<em>Lord  of the Flies</em> for Steppenwolf Theatre

Award-winning Chicago-based advertising and editorial photographer Saverio Truglia  has been shooting season advertising images for Steppenwolf Theatre  for several years and has had the opportunity to direct greats like Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, actors Amy Morton and Laurie Metcalf.  Recently he shot  images for the the 2013-14 season for Steppenwolf  that includes shots of the dark childhood drama, Lord of the Flies, which they will be producing. “Director of Marketing and Communications John Zinn insisted we depict this well-known story in a fresh way, avoiding the pitfall of shooting a pig head on a stick: the principle image so often used on book jackets,” says Truglia.  Instead  the concept was to go back, back, back – before the story even begins – to make their Lord of the Flies image. truglia and Zinn chose to create a snapshot portrait of the schoolboys on the tarmac before their prop plane takes off and eventually crashes on an island. Truglia directed and shot five actors from the production in studio using a commercial plane in the background and  composited individual portraits to create the scene. Read more about this project and others at his blog