Inventing Van Gogh
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Karla Hartley
Jul. 9 – Aug. 3, 2014
Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm
Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts
2014 BroadwayWorld Tampa Regional Award
Creative Loafing Best of the Bay
Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated
Patrick Stone (Steve Fisher, in his Jobsite debut), a contemporary painter, is hired to forge this final masterpiece—and finds himself squaring off across the years with van Gogh himself (Jordan Foote, a recent transplant, in his Tampa Bay debut). The result is a compelling and poetic mystery about madness, the obsession to create, and the fine line that separates truth from myth.The other three actors in the play appear in both the past and present under different guises: Ned Averill-Snell as Rene Bouchard and artist Paul Gauguin, Nicole Jeannine Smith as Hailee and Marguerite, and Greg Thompson as Dr. Miller and Dr. Gachet.
This stunning play takes place in two parallel universes: Stone’s modern-day studio and 19th century France, where van Gogh is nearing the end of his life. Sometimes the universes merge, putting Stone directly into conversation with van Gogh himself in Stone’s studio or in drawing Stone into van Gogh’s life in the past. This play is a lyrical, gorgeous meditation on some of humanity’s inner struggles – whether you are an artist yourself or not – that shouldn’t be missed.
And the BroadwayWorld winners are…
Congrats to all the Jobsite artists who won the 2014 BroadwayWorld Tampa Regional awards.
Loads and loads of Best of the Bay love!
We had a blast at the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Awards party last night! It was great to see so many friends and
Our best deal expires 8/1
Our best deal on season tickets expires on Aug. 1, and there’s only 8 performances left of Inventing Van Gogh.
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Inventing Van Gogh opens this week!
I had the pleasure of seeing Inventing Van Gogh yesterday afternoon in tech before the final Return to the Forbidden Planet performance. Damn, what a beautiful show.
Seek meaning of art and myth in Inventing Van Gogh at the Straz – Tampa Tribune
Jobsite Theater gets artsy with Inventing Van Gogh – Tampa Bay Times
Inventing Van Gogh opens in Tampa – Bradenton Herald
Do This: Jobsite’s Inventing Van Gogh – Creative Loafing
Cast & Crew
- Karla Hartley – Director
- Mariana Rocha – Production Stage Manager
- Ned Averill-Snell – Bouchard / Gauguin
- Steve Fisher – Patrick Stone
- Jordan Foote – Vincent Van Gogh
- Nicole Jeannine Smith – Haley / Marguerite
- Greg Thompson – Dr. Miller / Gachet
- Bailee Booser – Costume Designer
- Kaylin Gess – Lighting Designer
- Karla Hartley – Lighting, Sound & Video Designer
- Paul Poppe – Assistant Stage Manager
- Matthew Ray – Rehearsal Stage Manager
- Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer
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The play was phenomenal. My husband and I didn’t want it to end and have been discussing it quite a bit. We will definitely be following your upcoming productions.
We also enjoyed the music playing throughout. We recognized Bach’s cello suites which has always been a favorite of ours but would love to know the rest of the music you played. It would be wonderful if we could have the names of the selections.