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‘Vincent’ on stage

By Jeff Eason (

Article Published: Sep. 26, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 30, 2013
‘Vincent’ on stage

Actor Travis Wayne Boswell’s striking physical resemblance to artist Vincent Van Gogh lends the stage show, ‘Vincent,’ an added layer of realism.

Photo by Jeff Eason

The 19th-century artist, Vincent Van Gogh, is a study in paradoxes. He toiled away in poverty and obscurity, yet now he is one of the most famous artists in history, and his paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars.

Other than his paintings, we would probably know little about his life if it hadn’t been for the fact that his brother, Theo, kept all of his correspondence with Vincent. These letters, filled with the joys and frustrations of an artist seeking to find his voice, are the basis of the one-man play, “Vincent,” written by Leonard Nimoy.

Ensemble Stage will present “Vincent,” starring Travis Wayne Boswell, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium (Sunset Drive entrance) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.
Tickets are $19 for adults and $17 for seniors, students and military personnel.

“We’ve got over 100 projections of Van Gogh’s work, photos and letters that he wrote to enhance the show,” said Gary Smith, director of the production. “So the audience gets to experience the breadth of his work.”

Boswell, one of the core members of In/Visible Theatre, plays both Vincent and Theo Van Gogh in the production. The relationship between the two men, one a passionate artist and the other a stable businessman, creates a dynamic that is both moving and relatable.

A native of Saginaw, Mich., Boswell has been a professional actor for the better part of a decade and has played numerous lead roles, including Macbeth.

For more information on “Vincent,” call Ensemble Stage at (828) 414-1844 or visit

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