Full Length Play
Time Period - 19th Century
Settings Of Play - The play takes place between 1880-1885, mostly in a small town in Northern Holland. A variety of settings are required, most of them centered around the parsonage of Pastor Theodorus van Gogh. A few short scenes takes place in the mining town of the Borinage, Belgium and two others take place in Amsterdam.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
A play about Van Gogh’s life from the time he worked in the coal mines as an apprentice preacher through the time of his father’s death. It’s about family relationships, genius, passion and its toll both on the passionate artist and those around him.
"The interesting and not altogether familiar subject matter makes for a fine new chapter in a book we thought we'd already read." - Backstage West
"Stephen Fife’s play, Break of Day, takes a look at the man behind the paintings. Instead of analyzing the paintings, Fife puts the focus on the painter and creates a play with meaning and beauty. Fife’s script was marterfully created. With clever dialogue, he tells a tale of a tortured soul’s confusion without letting Van Gogh’s inner conflicts become boringly obvious to the audience. " - Entertainment Today
Previous versions received readings at Primary Stages Co. (NYC), Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat in Virginia, and Nexus Ensemble in LA under the title Light and Darkness. An earlier version of Break of Day premiered at the Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, on 10/1/99, directed by Billy Hayes, produced by Francesca Rollins.