Allbritton Art Institute Sponsors 'A Letter From Vincent' March 15

March 6, 2001

To commemorate Vincent van Gogh's birthday, Baylor University's Allbritton Art Institute will present A Letter from Vincent, a two-act, one-man play, at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Jones Theater at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Based on the letters the artist wrote to his family, the play was written and is performed by Klaus Hofstra. He attempts to show the audience how van Gogh, famous for such paintings as "Starry Night" and "Sunflowers," lived his life through his relationships, his struggle with mental illness and his art. Slides of the artist's works are displayed and music from his favorite composers -- Wagner, Beethoven, Berlioz and Grieg -- complement Hofstra's performance.

Hofstra is an international actor who studied in Amsterdam, London, New York and San Francisco. He has written and performed plays on the lives of five other well-known artists, as well as another play about van Gogh.

The Allbritton Art Institute was established within Baylor's department of art in 1998 by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Allbritton, whose vision is to promote the appreciation and comprehensive study of the artists and art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries with special emphasis on the movements of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

For more information about the Institute or A Letter from Vincent, contact the art department at 710-1867.

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