The passion, the love, and the tormented beauty of the life of Vincent van Gogh is dramatized in this intimate one-man play, which playwright Leonard Nimoy adapted from the hundreds of letters between Vincent and his closest ally: his brother, Theo. In Vincent’s lifetime, he sold only one painting, for four hundred francs. His critics labeled his work “madness” in which “blood and fire appear to have usurped the place of color.” But his story is so much more than that of the misunderstood artist who cut off his own ear. His life was one of great passions, and even greater turmoil, ultimately ending in suicide one summer day in 1890.
Starry Night Theater Company was founded in 2012 to engage audiences of all ages in the unique art of live theater, especially in under-served communities. In an age of “plugging in and tuning out,” we have lost some of the common experiences that help define our communities and culture. Live theater offers the audience a chance to share in the creative process and take away a unique emotional resonance. Every audience is different, and therefore, every performance is different due to the symbiotic relationship between audience member and performer. By contrast, film and television
are passive mediums, but live theater engages the audience in a way that harkens back to our earliest ancestors’ methods of teaching and storytelling. When the performance is over, each audience member takes away a memory of something unique that can never be duplicated and that can foster one’s intellectual and spiritual growth. Starry Night Theater Company’s objective is to faithfully continue this wonderful tradition and hopefully change each audience member in a positive way.