Alumni return to Sibert Theatre with touring performance April 13


Drew Stroud ’16 will perform the one-man show Exhausted Paint: The Death of Van Gogh on April 13 at 7 p.m.

Also returning to the Hilltop is the show’s tour director, Carly Holmes Stroud ’13.

The performance explores the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh through a “chaotic one-act built around ideas of disorientation and struggle,” according to the show’s website.

The show is largely based on Van Gogh’s letters and was written by Justin Maxwell, an associate professor teaching playwriting in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of New Orleans. The original production of the show was directed by R’Myni Watson.

Drew and Carly studied theatre at Illinois College, where they met, and co-founded the Springfield-based improv troupe, Capital City Improv. They were both involved and held leadership roles in many theatre performances and activities, including the LSD improv troupe, which Carly founded.

Today, Drew is based in New Orleans, where he is an MFA candidate at the University of New Orleans. In addition to Exhausted Paint, some of Drew’s roles have included Richard III (Richard III), Mr. Blake (Mud, River, Stone), Azdak (The Caucasian Chalk Circle) and Paul (Barefoot in the Park). 

Carly has directing credits that include Literary Cannon Fodder, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], Good ‘n' Plenty and Bonnie & Clyde. She is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932, the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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