Break of Day

by  Stephen Fife

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 3f

Van Gogh at 27 decides to be an artist, moves back with his family and falls for his widowed cousin, thus enraging his minister father.

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Break of Day

by  Stephen Fife

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 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: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 3f
VINCENT VAN GOGH - Male, 30-35
THEO VAN GOGH - Male, 25-32 
THOMAS - (coalminer) & REVEREND PETERSON - Male, 35-45
PASTOR THEODORUS VAN GOGH - Male, 58-65
ANNA VAN GOGH, MINING WOMAN - Female, 52-57
KAY VOS, MINER’S WIFE - Female, 30-35
MAGDA, MINER’S WIFE, MAID, SIEN KELLER - Female, 25-30
(Note: These roles can also be divided up between two actresses.)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The role of THOMAS/REVEREND PETERSON could be played by someone who also has other associations with the production – such as Assistant Stage Manager.
The role of MAGDA/MINER’S WIFE/MAID/SIEN KELLER can be divided up between two actresses. 

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Authors

Stephen Fife

Stephen Fife – His new play Blue Kiss recently finished a run as part of the Hollywood Fringe, where one critic called it “a sly and brilliant conundrum.” His other new play, The American Wife – co-written with Ralph Pezzullo - has been chosen by HB Playwrights in New York City for th ...

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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.

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