by Leonard Nimoy
A few days after the death of little-known painter Vincent Van Gogh, rumors are flying in Paris. Some say he was a penniless madman, a frequenter of prostitutes, a derelict and a soon-to-be forgotten artist of trifling quality. Others denounce him as a wayward priest and a foreigner. Many whisper he took his own life in a moment of insanity. His brother, Theo, Vincent's confidante and lifelong supporter, is enraged. Tonight, he hopes to set the record straight.
Director Paul Stein, Jean-Michel Richaud and Leonard Nimoy at Symphony Space talk back
A Work of Genius
In the late '70s, Leonard Nimoy was inspired by the play Van Gogh by Phillip Stevens to create this new work. In writing Vincent, he expanded on Stevens' play and drew on a more than 500 letters written between Van Gogh and his brother, Theo, in the 10 years Vincent struggled to master his art.
In 2012, French actor Jean-Michel Richaud approached U.S. director Paul Stein with the idea of reviving and expanding upon Nimoy's original production. Vincent opened in Los Angeles at V.S. Theater in October 2012. The show enjoyed three extensions, a 14-week sold-out run and stellar reviews. The production then moved to the prestigious North Coast Repertory Theater for a sold out limited engagement in February 2013 and again, by popular demand, in May of the same year.
Mr. Nimoy became an integral part of our team and Vincent was performed by special arrangement at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space in New York in June 2013.
Following the play's highly successful U.S. tour, Jean-Michel hit upon the idea of bringing Vincent to Paris. Many of Van Gogh's letters written to his brother, Theo, were in French and Jean-Michel translated the play from its original English to French.
Vincent was performed in March and April of 2015 at the Montmartre CinéXIII theater in Paris to rave reviews, then returned to the states for a brief run at UCLA, produced in association with the Getty and Hammer museums. Most performances were performed in English, with two produced in French.
Vincent Goes to Paris