Inventing Van Gogh

By Steven Dietz

Directed by Karla Hartley

Jul. 9 – Aug. 3, 2014

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

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.

(L-R) Robert Richards Jr. and Giles Davies in Jobsite's Othello. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)



Seek meaning of art and myth in Inventing Van Gogh at the Straz – Tampa Tribune

Jobsite Theater gets artsy with Inventing Van GoghTampa Bay Times

Inventing Van Gogh opens in Tampa – Bradenton Herald

Do This: Jobsite’s Inventing Van GoghCreative 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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3 Responses

  1. 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.

    Thanks again,

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