Inventing Van Gogh 

When: Preview show on Wed., July 9. Regular run is Thurs., July 10, to Sun., Aug. 3.
Phone: 813-229-7827
Price: Regularly priced tickets are $28; preview, $14.
For its final play of the season, Jobsite Theater has chosen a heady, surreal drama that reflects on art, commerce and the creative psyche. Inventing Van Gogh by Steven Dietz (Happenstance, Lonely Planet) imagines the spirit of van Gogh’s literal and figurative influence on artists and dealers of today. In the play a contemporary painter Patrick Stone (Steve Fisher, in his Jobsite debut) has been commissioned to forge van Gogh’s legendary final masterpiece, and the ear-lopping Dutchman himself (Jordan Foote, a recent transplant who’s making his Tampa Bay debut) pays Stone a visit to wreak some psychological havoc. Other artists from the past pop in — Ned Averill-Snell as both Rene Bouchard and artist Paul Gaugin, Nicole Jeannine Smith as Haley and Marguerite, and Greg Thompson as Drs. Miller and Gachet. Stageworks Artistic Director and frequent collaborator Karla Hartley directs. The play opens July 11 but presents discounted previews July 9-10 for $14. Staged in the Shimberg Playhouse of the Straz Center, Tampa. —Julie Garisto

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