Warren Lehrer

Written by Dennis Bernstein & Warren Lehrer. Designed by Warren Lehrer.
Published 1984 by Visual Studies Workshop Press and EarSay Books.
8”x11”x 104 pages. Three colors on acid-free Mohawk Superfine. Hardcover [ketchup-resistant faux-leather cloth, die-cut over boards]. Color separation by Phil Zimmermann.

The book/play presents a day in the life of the original DREAM QUEEN restaurant (a restaurant that grew to become the third largest burger chain in the western hemisphere). Before the book/play begins, 83-year-old Gertie Greenbaum is found dead in a pool of blood and ketchup. Four customers and three employees (each set in his or her own typographic voice and color) give testimony to how Gerite died. They also continue their day discussing food, money, religion, politics (at the height of the Cold War), love, loss, dreams, memories, and transforming aspirations. The text is illuminated with icons and images that evoke the fast food tableau and the internal projections of the characters.

ISBN: 0961387106
Out of print. collector’s copies available
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sample page spreads

A poster announcing a performance of French Fries, designed by Joan Lyons using printers “waste sheets.” Below that front and back of the original mailer/prospectus designed by Lehrer.