The Bakelite Masterpiece

World Premiere

directed by Richard Rose
Oct 21, 2014 – Nov 30, 2014 in the Extraspace
Opened Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.

★★★½ out of 4 – “Beautifully performed”, “good & thoughtful writing”, “a superb performance” – Toronto Star

A beautifully tragic combination of history, art, religion, and philosophy.” – The Theatre Reader 

“Indeed a masterpiece; a riveting story, excellent acting, staging and directing.” – Tarragon Patron 


The approximate running time of the show is 1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission.

Cast and Crew

sponsored by

  • Kristine & Ivor Thompson
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