Inventing Van Gogh

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Overview

A haunting and hallucinatory drama about the making of art, INVENTING VAN GOGH is the story of the final van Gogh self-portrait, painted just before the artist's death, which has never been seen…until now. Patrick Stone, a contemporary painter, is hired to forge this final masterpiece—and finds himself squaring off, across the years, with van Gogh himself. The result is a compelling mystery about the obsession to create and the fine line that separates truth from myth.
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Overview

A haunting and hallucinatory drama about the making of art, INVENTING VAN GOGH is the story of the final van Gogh self-portrait, painted just before the artist's death, which has never been seen…until now. Patrick Stone, a contemporary painter, is hired to forge this final masterpiece—and finds himself squaring off, across the years, with van Gogh himself. The result is a compelling mystery about the obsession to create and the fine line that separates truth from myth.
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Phoenix New Times
Like a van Gogh painting, Dietz's story is a gorgeous example of excess—one that remakes reality with broad, well-chosen brush strokes. At evening's end, we're left with the author's resounding opinions on art and artifice, and provoked by his constant query into which is greater: van Gogh's art, or his violent myth.
Tucson Citizen
Dietz's writing is never simple. It is always brilliant. Shaded, compressed, direct, lucid—he frames his subject with a remarkable understanding of painting as a physical experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822219545
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 66
  • Sales rank: 1,081,247
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    Smart, Evocative, Thought-Provoking, Powerful

    I recently ran the light board for a production of 'Inventing Van Gogh' at the Stella Adler Studio of acting in New York City (NYU seniors). The production itself was splendid thanks to an inspired director and cast, but the play itself was the true star. Dietz creates a world where flashback and history, delusion and discovery all meld together and co-exist on the stage. His repeated use of characters only some other characters can see, vignettes of the past co-existing with the present, or large jumps in time, space and location are not jumpy or jerky as many modern plays are, but smooth, sensible and engaging. His characters, especially Patrick, Miller and Van Gogh, are round, dynamic human beings whose tortured existances are breathtaking on the stage, and on the page. All in all, the most interesting and engaging modern play I have read this year.

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