A few days after the death of little known painter Vincent Van Gogh, rumors are flying in Paris. Some say he was a penniless madman, a frequenter of prostitutes and soon to be forgotten artist of trifling quality. Others denounce him as a wayward priest and a foreigner. Many whisper he took his own life in a moment of insanity. His brother Theo, Vincent’s confidante and lifelong supporter, is enraged. Tonight, he hopes to set the record straight.
Written by author Leonard Nimoy, this play paints a thoughtful imaginary scenario about one of the most famous names in the art world, using excerpts and reminiscences from more than 500 letters exchanged between Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo. Vincent is brought to life in a riveting one-man performance by acclaimed French actor Jean-Michel Richaud. Throughout the play, more than a hundred of Van Gogh’s paintings are projected on a framed screen, providing a rich overview of the artist’s work and a visual complement to the unfolding story.