Inventing Van Gogh

Inventing Van Gogh

by Steven Dietz
A haunting and hallucinatory drama about the making of art, Inventing Van Gogh is the story of the final Van Gogh.

Performances: [at the James A. Little Theater]

June 17 - 26, 2011, June 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm and June 19 and 26 at 2 pm

The Play:

Self-portrait, painted just before the artist’s death, which has never been seen…until now. Patrick Stone, a contemporary painter, is hired to forge this final masterpiece – and finds himself squaring off, across the years, with van Gogh himself. The result is a compelling mystery about the obsession to create and the fine line that separates truth from myth. The playwright frames his subject with a remarkable understanding of painting as a physical experience.

Steven Dietz:
Born in 1958, American playwright Steven Dietz grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated in 1980 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, after which he moved to Minneapolis and started his career as the director of new plays at The Playwrights’ Center and other regional theaters. During these years he also formed a theater company – Quicksilver Stage – and began to write plays of his own. A commission from ACT Theatre to write God’s Country brought him to Seattle, Washington in 1988. He lived and worked there until 2006. He now divides his time between Seattle and Austin, Texas where he teaches playwriting at the University of Texas.
He is the recipient of the PEN USA Award for Lonely Planet; the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award; the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award; the Yomiuri Shinbun Award; and the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Mystery for his adaptation of William Gillette’s and Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1899 play Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Dietz’s plays range from the political ( Last of the Boys, God’s Country, Halcyon Days, Lonely Planet) to the comedic ( Becky’s New Car, More Fun Than Bowling, Over the Moon).  Many of them (e.g. Trust, Private Eyes, Fiction, Force of Nature) have as a central theme the effects of personal betrayal and deception. Recent works includes the Pulitzer-nominated Last of the Boys ; the acclaimed adaptation of Dan Gutman’s baseball novel, Honus and Me; and three newly commissioned plays that will be produced in the coming year: City of Ghosts ( McCarter Theatre, Princeton), Near Aberdeen (Steppenwolf, Chicago) and Becky’s New Car ( ACT, Seattle). He is also at work on new plays commissioned by the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis) and the Denver Center Theatre Company.

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