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Van Gogh & Me

By Matthew Gutschick

After a colorful and sometimes challenging creative career, the weary artist Vincent van Gogh (creator of such iconic works as “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers” paintings), finds himself retreating to an out-of-the-way French town Auvers-Sur-Oise. While the citizens and tourists of the tiny town are not sure what to make of the strange man and his unusual painting style, a young and curious girl named Adeline strikes up a gentle, even fragile friendship with the mysterious and misunderstood painter. Based on actual events, this moody atmospheric story of the power of art and simple friendship will give you a new appreciation of the artist and his beautiful post-impressionistic works.

  • Run Dates Nov 3-12, 2017
  • Appropriate Ages 10+
  • Duration 60 minutes

Cast & Credits

Cast

  • Vincent Van Gogh – Ezra Colon*
  • Louise Ravoux – Stephanie Jacobson
  • Arthur Ravoux – Nils Haaland
  • Adeline Ravoux – Anna Jordan
  • Rene Secretan – Robby Stone
  • Cecile Demey – Mallory Freilich
  • Martinez De Valdivielse – Tyrone Beasley
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States,
appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Artistic & Production Credits

  • Director – John Hardy
  • Playwright – Matthew Gutschick
  • Production Stage Manager – Taylor L. Vann
  • Scenic Designer – Jeff Stander
  • Projection Designer – Brittany Merenda
  • Lighting & Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
  • Composer – Adam Sherrerd
  • Costume, Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
  • Director of Production – Erin Solemsaas
  • Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
  • Costume Director – Sherri Geerdes
  • Props Master – Devon Denn-Young
  • Scenic Charge Artist – Lauren Crabtree
  • Master Carpenter – Jackson D. Curtright
  • Lighting Apprentice & Assistant Lighting Designer – Matthew Benes
  • Scenic Apprentice – Saylor Novonglosky
  • Run Crew – Aaron Mann
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maeneer
Ezra Colón (Vincent Van Gogh)

Ezra Colón (Vincent Van Gogh)

This is Ezra’s debut on The Rose stage and he could not be more thrilled! You may have seen him the past two summers On The Green with Nebraska Shakespeare, performing in King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2017) and Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth (2016). He is based in Albuquerque, NM and is a company member with Duke City Repertory Theatre. With DCRT, he most recently played Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries; some of his favorite DCRT productions include Twelfth Night, Death and the Maiden, Julius Caesar, The 39 Steps, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Oedipus the King. Ezra began his career at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, where he performed in over 40 productions in the span of 5 years. In the summer of 2003, he had the good fortune to visit the Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh in Amsterdam and observe Vincent’s paintings first hand. He has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University. He is incredibly thankful to Matt, Hardy, his incredible parents, and his beautiful and fierce wife, Katie. 

Anna Jordan (Adeline Ravoux)

Anna Jordan (Adeline Ravoux)

Anna is thrilled to be returning to the Rose stage after appearing in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Prancer, and Plastic Drastic. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in acting and directing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2015, where she directed a studio production of The Vagina Monologues, played Logainne Schwartzandgrubinerre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the titular role in Hedda Gabler, (Irene Ryan semi-finalist, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival). She has appeared in Nebraska Shakespeare on the Green for multiple seasons, in addition to their regional tour of As You Like It, and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream—a collaboration with the Omaha Symphony. From 2016 to 2017, Anna served as an actor-educator with RESPECT, a touring educational theatre company that teaches students about healthy relationships, and is currently a teaching artists for the Disney Musicals in Schools program with Omaha Performing Arts.

Nils Haaland (Arthur Ravoux)

Nils Haaland (Arthur Ravoux)

Nils Haaland received his BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and his MFA from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Nils has worked for the Rose Theater in many capacities. Nils currently works with Why Arts?  And with the Ollie Webb center. Nils is thrilled to be Included in this wonderful ensemble of actors, designers, technicians. And feels honored to be a part of this world premiere production of -Van Gogh and Me. Big thanks to Matt and John!

Stephanie Jacobson (Louise Ravoux)

Stephanie Jacobson (Louise Ravoux)

Stephanie is a full time Teaching Artist and the Director of Youth Productions at The Rose Theater. She previously directed George and Martha, Charlotte’s Web, A Child’s Garden of Verses and The Rose’s world premiere of The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid as well as The Misfits, and Thumbelina: A New Friend’s Journey (which she wrote and directed). She will be directing Curious George and The Golden Meatball on The Rose Mainstage this spring. She appeared on stage as the Mother in Pinkalicious, and Arrietty in The Borrowers, Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad, Gina in Big Nate, Irma Cody in Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band, Nancy in Ivy & Bean, Ida in Honk, and Kaa in The Jungle Book. Stephanie has her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, is a certified Yoga instructor, participated in the Diavolo Project: Nebraska, is a Dance Company Member of The UNO Moving Company and is a trained puppeteer specializing in shadow puppetry and Bunraku. She has presented and led workshops for Opera Omaha, UNO College of Education/ Celebration of The Young Child, The Nebraska State Education Continuing Education Department, Creighton University and the National LGBTQA College Conference. Before moving to Omaha, she lived in NYC where she worked with Liz Swados, Lee Bruer’s Mabou Mines, Taylor Mac and The Jim Henson Company. She would like to thank her Rose family, her husband Chad, son Finn, and Blue. Thank you, Rose Theater goers, for supporting this theater and arts for children in Omaha!

Tyrone Beasley (Martinez De Valdivielse)

Tyrone Beasley (Martinez De Valdivielse)

Tyrone Beasley is the Artistic Associate - Director of Outbound Programing. No stranger to the stage Tyrone has worked with acclaimed directors: Peter Sellars (The Merchant of Venice, It is Now Our Time), Claude Purdy (Jitney), Charles Marowitz (Shakespeare), David Wheeler (The Trials of Ezra Pound) and Antonio Banderas (Crazy in Alabama), among others. Tyrone has performed in many theaters around the globe including The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago), Thalia Theater (Hamburg, Germany), MC93 Bobigny (Paris, France) and The Royal Shakespeare Company (London, England). He has worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes in post-production on film and television projects for Disney, Fox, Sony, VH1, TriStar Pictures and the BBC. Tyrone earned a BFA in studio arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He attended California State University, Long Beach for graduate study in theater arts, taught acting classes there as a teaching associate and was an ensemble member of California Repertory Company. Tyrone served as the Artistic Director at The John Beasley Theater (JBT) in Omaha for ten years, he managed and taught the theater’s workshop programs that were a part of JBT’s mission of community outreach and developing a local pool of trained actors. He also acted in and directed numerous plays at the JBT. Most Recently he directed I Dream of an Omaha Where… and acted in Palette of Possibilities and Peter and the Starcatcher here at The Rose Theater.

Robby Stone (Rene Secretan)

Robby Stone (Rene Secretan)

Robby is happy to be at The Rose again in this show. He has also been seen in Shrek The Musical as Shrek, Big Nate as Nate Wright, Jackie and Me as Joey Stoshack, Cat in the Hat as The Boy, Peter and the Starcatcher as Mack, and more. He wants to thank his friends for supporting him, the artists he has a chance to work with, and his parents who have shown him nothing but love and support.

Mallory Freilich (Cecile Demey)

Mallory Freilich (Cecile Demey)

Mallory is thrilled to appear in her first production at The Rose. After getting her BFA in Theatre from Creighton University and Master’s from UNO, Mallory has appeared in a number of productions with Nebraska Shakespeare. Some of her favorite roles include Laertes in Hamlet Tour and Montanto in Othello on the Green. Thank you to my friends and family that encouraged me throughout my career, especially the man on the stage next to me.

Show Photos

Examples of Van Gogh's Paintings

Know Before You Go

Tickets

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Parking

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“We went through the first couple of rooms and slowly, things started to activate for me,” he said. “If you have ever had the experience that everything in your life is suddenly in sync — that is the only way I can explain what that moment was like.”

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A famous artist with a colorful background will be the focus of the upcoming production at The Rose Theater.

The Rose world premiere production, “Van Gogh & Me,” opens Friday and runs through Nov. 12 on The Rose mainstage.

Rose artistic director Matthew Gutschick’s original play, “Van Gogh & Me,” is based on actual events. It finds artist Vincent Van Gogh (played by Ezra Colon) in the small town of Auberge-Sur-Oise during the three months preceding his death in 1890.