Williamstown actor Jim Briggs has chosen a most ingenious play about artist Vincent Van Gogh for his greatest challenge. Having retired from a distinguished career as a lawyer, Briggs returns to the stage to take on the one-man show Vincent, a work that truly delivers the vibrancy of Van Gogh’s “shooting-comet of a life”. The play as written by Leonard Nimoy is intimate, sincere and most convincing in its portrayal of Vincent and his brother, Theo. An independent production under the direction of Brant Pope, it promises to sweep away the myths and mists surrounding the great artist’s alleged insanity and early death. It is the sort of theatrical outing that belongs at its host venue, Barrington Stage Company.
Vincent will run December 14 through 30 at the St. Germain Stage located on the upper level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Opening night is Friday, December 14 at 8pm.
“It’s really interesting because most of the play is done from the point of view of Vincent’s brother, Theo, who was really the person who supported Vincent for a lot of his adult life. He’s kind of a forgotten soul, but he was such an integral part of Vincent’s life. They wrote hundreds of letters back and forth. That’s where this play comes from, the letters. It’s neat because you have the actual words written by Vincent van Gogh himself and his brother. I get to speak those words.” – Jim Briggs interviewed in iBerkshires
The passion, the love and the tormented beauty of the life of artist Vincent van Gogh is dramatized in this one-man play, which actor/author Leonard Nimoy adapted from letters written by the artist to his brother, Theo van Gogh. Theo is the principal character of the play and he struggles to convince a gathering of friends and colleagues that his brother was not, in fact, a lunatic or a madman.