Vincent van Gogh was one of the world's loneliest and misunderstood souls. An artistic genius, his work was dismissed as that of a madman. Only one person, his brother Theo, encouraged Vincent in his work by giving him the supplies and money necessary to continue painting. Theo was the only person who believed in Vincent, providing him with an inexhaustible supply of love.
Each night after drawing and painting for 14-16 hours, Vincent sat down with pen and ink and poured his heart out to his brother. No element of his artistic struggle was too unimportant for Vincent to communicate to Theo.
At the age of 37, Vincent died in his brother's arms. Theo was so overcome with emotion at the funeral that he was unable to speak. Six months later, at the age of 34, Theo also died. Having saved every letter from his brother, Theo also left behind the story of Vincent's life, as told by Vincent in soul-searching detail.
Leonard Nimoy spent years researching the over 500 letters that survived and used them as the basis for "Vincent." The play begins in late July 1890, in a lecture hall in Paris one week after Vincent's death. Theo has invited artists, friends and anyone else who will listen, hoping that he will be able to express himself and do justice to the memory and reputation of his beloved brother Vincent.
The play was a smash hit on Broadway. Jim Jarrett was introduced to Vincent in 1994, secured producing rights and has been on tour ever since, playing to sold-out audiences worldwide.
A review from The New York Times captures why: "Mr. Nimoy's play is compelling, humorous, inspiring and most of all, educational... we discover Vincent was much more than a madman artist-he was a man who...discovered his dream, his God-given purpose for being on this planet and then spent the next ten years of his life trying to do justice to this gift. That's noble and rare. And for the audience, inspiring."
Part of the Jewish Luminaries Series in honor of Leonard Nimoy