Throughout his short life, Vincent Van Gogh created self portraits that traced his development and afforded him a safe place to experiment. According to legend, his final such work disappeared after his suicide.

Throughout his short life, Vincent Van Gogh created self portraits that traced his development and afforded him a safe place to experiment. According to legend, his final such work disappeared after his suicide.

In "Inventing Van Gogh," which Theatre Daedalus will present this week, playwright Steven Dietz introduces a modern-day painter, Patrick Stone, who is commissioned by art authenticator Rene Bouchard to fake that missing painting.

"It was acting in the show that made me want to direct it," Jeremy Sony of Theatre Daedalus said in an email. "This script has stuck with me for more than half a decade and I know it inside and out, so coming back to it as a director has been like visiting an old friend."

Artist Stone had been implicated in the mysterious death of his mentor, Van Gogh scholar Jonas Miller. The play takes a supernatural turn when, across the decades, Van Gogh and Stone engage in a conversation about the nature of art.

"It's not just about art or Van Gogh, creating or twirly little stars," Sony said of the play. "It's about life, what it means to have passion and also how we live with those around us.

"Dietz takes us on this ride that explores the passion behind art, where obsession can lead. While he presents a tantalizing look at how Van Gogh's story played out, he's given us a world of characters that we care about."