Speakeasy inspired ART by PETER BONNER

Bonner - the lobster dance a symbols of sexual liberation

The Lobster Dance – a Symbol of Sexual Liberation

Peter Bonner is a New York based artist originally from Australia.  We met as members of the choir singing the Ode to Joy in Carnegie Hall with the World Community Orchestra.  He has been reading the libretto and listening to the music of Speakeasy for over a year now, and was inspired to create a series of artworks based on the musical and its themes.  Here are pictures of much of Peter’s Speakeasy Art.  You can see the artwork exhibited live in the lobby outside the Johnson theater at Theater for the New City while Speakeasy is in performance.


Bonner - The tweedle Sisters

The Tweedle Sisters


Bonner - Janes Kiss

Jane’s Kiss



Bonner - magical realist Gay love

Magical Realist Gay Love

Bonner - Magical realist love

Magical Realist Love


Bonner - Down the rabbit hole to wonderland

Down the Rabbit Hole to the Wonderland


Bonner- Chet Cheshire

Chet Cheshire


Bonner - the grand Jefferson Lodge ball

The Grand Jefferson Lodge Ball


Bonner - Speakeasy



Bonner - john and jane estranged

John and Jane Estranged


Bonner - Janes trial

Jane’s Trial


Peter Bonner speakeasy 2015

Collage: Couples Converging in Shadow and Light


The following are sketches Peter Bonner made when considering potential poster art for Speakeasy:

Bonner - idea for MC

Idea for M.C.


Bonner - speakeasy idea with city

Speakeasy idea with city


Bonner - speakeasy idea with kentile sign

Speakeasy idea with kentile sign



Bonner and me

Me standing by the Peter Bonner Speakeasy artwork in the TNC lobby




About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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2 Responses to Speakeasy inspired ART by PETER BONNER

  1. earlhilton@aol.com says:

    Great photo of you and the posters. What a splash! Love, Mim


  2. Mitch Wood says:

    Peter’s art PERFECTLY captures the essence of the play. Dynamic, brilliant and very beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

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