One-man Show Celebrates Life of Vincent van Gogh
Actor Jim Jarrett, playing what he describes as “the role of a
lifetime,” visits Alma College for a performance of “Vincent,” an
original full-length play by Leonard Nimoy that celebrates the life of
artist Vincent Van Gogh.
The play takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
spent years researching and writing “Vincent,” which originally opened
in 1981 in Minneapolis and later became a smash hit on Broadway.
Jarrett secured the production rights in 1994 and has performed the
show ever since.
“Mr. Nimoy’s play is compelling, humorous, inspiring and most of all, educational,” says Jarrett. “Those who attend will never be able to look at Vincent or his work the same way again.
“Through this play we discover Vincent was much more than a madman artist; he was a man who, after years of wandering and searching his soul, discovered his dream, his God-given purpose for being on this planet and then spent the next 10 years of his life trying to do justice to this gift. That’s noble and rare. And for audiences, inspiring.”
The play, set in a lecture hall in Paris, begins one week after Vincent’s death at the young age of 37. Vincent’s long-suffering brother, Theo, has called together friends, family and artists in an attempt to set the record straight about his beloved brother. He reads from letters that Vincent wrote during his lifetime about his life and struggles.
“Vincent” has played to more than a quarter million people at premier performing arts centers, museums and universities throughout the world. In 2008, “Vincent” played at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, competing for audiences from more than 2,800 shows per day. Jarrett’s production played to sold-out audiences, and Jarrett was nominated for “Best Actor in a Solo Show” from more than 30,000 performers.
Posted: Thu, February 26th, 2009 at 9:55AM