Exhausted Paint: The Death of Van Gogh | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

April 14, 2023 - April 16, 2023
Apr 14 & 15 - 8PM; Apr 16 4PM

The Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St, Springfield



In Exhausted Paint a frenetic Vincent Van Gogh takes the audience through a tilt-a-whirl exploration of his life, heart, and legacy.

This 70 minute one-act is built around ideas of disorientation and struggle, often based on Van Gogh's extensive collected letters. These are exemplified by a single set piece. The piece is a wheel that is horizontal on a post and parallel to the stage, mounted on an axle so that it can be spun by an actor. From the rim of the wheel hang a series of objects (mobile like), each of which represents something from Van Gogh’s life and a scene of the play. After the initial scene, the actor will spin the wheel and perform the scene appropriate to that object. Consequently, the play doesn’t have a set internal structure, only the introduction and finale are set. The other scenes can happen in any order.