Symphony Space – New York, NYLeonard Nimoy’s critically acclaimed drama begins a few short days after the death of the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, as rumors of his death are flying around Paris. As many dismiss the artist as a penniless madman, a frequenter of prostitutes, and a soon to be forgotten artist of trifling quality who took his own life in a moment of insanity, his brother Theo (Jean-Michel Richaud) tells his own version of the story in an attempt to set the record straight.
The play is based on the hundreds of letters Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo van Gogh send to each other, giving a revealing insight in the life story of the famous Dutch painter. They lay the foundation for most of what is known about the thoughts and beliefs of the artist. Theo provided his brother with both financial and emotional support. Their lifelong friendship, and most of what is known of Van Gogh’s thoughts and theories of art, is recorded in the hundreds of letters they exchanged between 1872 and 1890: more than 600 from Vincent to Theo and 40 from Theo to Vincent.
The writer of the play is Leonard Nimoy, an American actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. Nimoy is best known for his role of Spock in the original Star Trek series, and in multiple film, television, and video game sequels. Nimoy has also written several volumes of poetry, some published along with a number of his photographs. In the mid-1970s Nimoy wrote and starred in a one-man play called Vincent based on the play Van Gogh by Phillip Stephens.
Audience Q&A with Leonard Nimoy follows each performance.