The Box Factory for the Arts will premier Starry Night: The Play

The Box Factory for the Arts will premier Starry Night: The Play, a dramatic production portraying new revelations about the life of Vincent van Gogh, over the Memorial Day weekend.


Art historians, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, now say Vincent did not cut off his ear or kill himself, but took the blame to save others. "The hope is to dispel long-held myths, to clear Vincent's reputation," said playwright Joe Moody, who spent years researching the prolific artist's life.


Performances on the Box Factory stage, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, will be Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 and again on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available only for the opening night performance on May 27. Tickets are available in advance for $12 at Tickets at the door will be $15.


Local actor Jareth Zelmer stars as Vincent in what the script describes as a "modern dream," fusing 19th century aesthetic with current times. Playing fellow artist Paul Gauguin is Brian Lorenc of Berrien Center. Margaret Thompson of Three Oaks (now Chicago) portrays Kate. From St. Joseph are Meggie Anderson as Charissa, Mack Moody as the teenaged Bane, and Mark Schreiber as Joseph Roulin. Kendall Smith of Three Oaks portrays Johanna, Vincent's sister-in-law.


Local artists, including Box Factory studio artists, are creating renditions of Vincent's work for the play. A one-of-a-kind auction is planned on June 4 at 9:30 p.m. following the final performance.  Included in the auction will be some of the locally recreated paintings, including an original rendition of Starry Night featured in the play.


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