“Master Works: The Van Gogh Plays” Brings Paintings to Life with Proper Amount of Insanity

Arne Saupe in Master Works - The Van Gogh Plays
Arne Saupe in Smoke If You Got ‘Em by Ellen Cribbs.
Based on Van Gogh’s Skull with Burning Cigarette.

Skull with a Burning Cigarette by Van Gogh.jpgMy friends at Commedia Beauregard are at it again with another festival of twisted short plays, running for one weekend only at Edgewater’s Raven Theatre!

Stabbings, weddings, manifestos, and a post-apocalyptic wasteland. These are a few things that happen when Commedia Beauregard’s Master Works series once again brings fine art to life. This time six Van Gogh paintings were chosen: Night Cafe, The Man is at Sea, Skull with Burning Cigarette, Undergrowth with Two Figures, Doctor Gachet, and The Drinkers (which can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago). Six locally & nationally recognized Chicago playwrights then brought their imaginations to bear and created an original play based on the painting they were assigned. Finally, Commedia Beauregard chose six up-and-coming directors to take these new works and bring them to life on stage. Now see these short plays presented together back-to-back in Master Works: The Van Gogh Plays. Like the great painter himself, it promises to be an inspiring blend of genius and insanity!

According to Mexican poet Octavio Paz, “Translation is an art of analogy, the art of finding correspondences,” and Master Works is one more way in which Commedia Beauregard follows its mission of exploring cultures through the art of translation.

Master Works: The Van Gogh Plays
VinnieNew plays by Ellen Cribbs, Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, Rory Leahy, Jason Lindner, Alberto Mendoza, and Sean Margaret Wagner. Directed by Niki Dreistadt, Celia Forrest, Toma Langston, Richard Paro, Erik Parsons, and Brittany Westfall.

Thursday, May 2 @ 8pm,
Friday, May 3 @ 8pm,
Saturday, May 4 @ 8pm,
Sunday, May 5 @ 3:30pm.

Raven Theatre Complex – West Theatre, 6157 N Clark St (at Granville Ave), Chicago, IL 60660.

$15 tickets are available at 800.838.3006 or CBTheatre.org.

"Night Cafe" by Vincent Van Gogh. Inspiration for the play "The Night Cafe" by Rory Leahy, which is directed by Erik Parsons.
Night Cafe by Vincent Van Gogh.
Inspiration for the play The Night Cafe by Rory Leahy.

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