2020/2021 Season

to the yellow house

World-Premiere Play

Mandell Weiss Forum

By Kimber Lee | Directed by Neel Keller

February 1886. Vincent Van Gogh is broke again. Trailing past-due notices and annoyed innkeepers, he arrives unexpectedly at his brother’s doorstep in Montmartre determined to make another fresh start. Caught in the colorful whirl of the Parisian art scene, he drinks too much, falls in love with the wrong woman, argues with everyone – and paints. Night and day he works to translate what he feels onto the canvas, relentlessly chasing a new form of expression that seems to be always around the next corner. But at what point in an endless cycle of failures do faith and persistence become delusion and foolishness? A meditation on love, art and not being popular.

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Cast & Creators
Image of Kimber Lee Kimber Lee Playwright

Plays include UNTITLED F*CK M*SS S**GON PLAY, TOKYO FISH STORY, BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) and DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING, directed by Neel Keller. She has developed work with Lark Play Development Center, The Ground Floor/Berkeley Rep, Page 73, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, ACT Theatre/Seattle, Premiere Stages, MTC and Magic Theatre/Virgin Series. Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab; recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage New Voices Fellowship, BAU Institute Arts Residency Award, Kilroys List, 2020-2021 Hodder Fellowship and inaugural winner of the Bruntwood Prize International Award (2019). MFA: UT Austin.

Kimber Lee Playwright
Image of Neel Keller Neel Keller Director

is thrilled to be returning to the Playhouse, where he previously served as Associate Artistic Director and directed THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES, LIGHT UP THE SKY, LOOT, DIVA and THE COSMONAUT'S LAST MESSAGE TO THE WOMAN HE ONCE LOVED IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. His more recent productions include the world premieres of Eliza Clark’s QUACK, Julia Cho’s OFFICE HOUR Jennifer Haley’s THE NETHER, Kimber Lee’s DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING, Dael Orlandersmith’s UNTIL THE FLOOD and FOREVER and Lucy Alibar’s THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP!. His productions have been mounted at theatres across the country, including The Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theater, ACT, among others. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.

Neel Keller Director
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Forum

The Mandell Weiss Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides.

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