Leonard Nimoy's "Vincent" Coming to Orlando's Lowndes Shakespeare Center

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Leonard Nimoy’s "Vincent", a live theater production about the life of Vincent van Gogh, complete with over 100 stunning high-resolution projections of van Gogh's artwork, playing March 12-15, 2015 at Orlando's Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent will be presented by Starry Night Theater Company March 12-15, 2015 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. This production has been on tour for over two years and has visited theaters from Maine to Florida. Following Orlando, it will visit Melbourne's King Center for the Performing Arts March 20-22. Author Leonard Nimoy dramatizes the passionate and turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh in this intimate one-man play adapted from hundreds of letters between Van Gogh and his closest ally, his brother, Theo. The play includes over 100 stunning projections of Vincent’s artwork on a large screen.

Originally performed by Mr. Nimoy himself, this production stars James Briggs, a graduate of Sarasota, Florida’s Asolo Conservatory of Professional Actor Training. Briggs has nearly 100 performances of Vincent under his belt. He has also performed in many other productions in regional theaters such as The Sun Valley Repertory Company, The Asolo Theater, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Potomac Theater Project.

Today, Vincent van Gogh is one of the most recognizable and beloved painters. In Van Gogh’s lifetime, however, he sold only one painting and critics labeled his work madness. His story, however, is so much more than that of the misunderstood genius who cut off his own ear. In this play, Vincent’s brother, Theo, movingly reveals Vincent as few knew him. After Vincent’s death, Theo defends Vincent’s legacy at a gathering of friends and colleagues (an actual historic event). Theo, however, is not interested in telling the small story of the demise of one man. Rather, he argues the bigger meaning and significance of his brother's life to all humankind. As seen through the eyes of Theo, Vincent van Gogh lives on as a symbol of inspiration, courage, passion, and the lust for life that art kindles in all of us.

At times, Briggs also becomes Vincent and embodies the loving, passionate and brilliant man so cherished by his brother. BroadwayWorld.com described Briggs’ performance as “flawless” and “masterful” and stated, “He is a thoroughly-engaging, eloquent narrator bringing great warmth, genuineness of feeling, and utter conviction to every aspect of his performance.” Berkshire On Stage said this production is “enlightening and enjoyable” and “is not to be missed.” The Burlington Free Press described it as “a visual treat” and The Valley Reporter called it “a fabulous mix of theater and art.”

The Director, Dr. Brant Pope, has directed over one hundred productions over a thirty-year career at such theatres as Hartford Stage Company, The John Houseman Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and Park Square Theatre. He is currently the chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. For eleven years, he served as director of the FSU Asolo Conservatory, and associate artistic director of the Asolo Theatre Company in Sarasota, Florida.

Vincent runs approximately 85 minutes, with no intermission. While appropriate for all audiences, it is best suited for adults and children ages ten and up.

Performances of Vincent will take place at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center’s Mandell Theater, located at 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, Florida. Performances are:

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 P.M.
Friday, March 13 at 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 14 at 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 P.M.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and $22 for Seniors and Students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (407) 722-7037, online at http://www.orlandoshakes.org (click the “Get Your Tickets” tab), or by visiting the box office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando.

For more information about Starry Night Theater Company, visit http://www.starrynighttheater.com.

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