It’s 1904 in Paris, tadalafil France and there’s about to be a very funny meeting between two men, each on the verge of an amazing idea.
Written by actor and comedian Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile tells the story of Albert Einstein (as he’s about to publish his Special Theory of Relativity) and Pablo Picasso (as he’s about to enter his Rose Period with “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”) meeting in a bar called the “Lapin Agile” (The Nimble Rabbit, in French). They are joined by a host of characters as they banter about the creative process involved in art and science … and in life.
Director Jeffrey Cole says the language of ideas has been inspirational. “You have these geniuses — giants in their fields — and Martin has been able to render them human. They laugh, they drink, they lust, they quarrel. This play is much more about the ideas that bring us together than the actions that separate us.”
Ten actors play eleven roles in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, including Ryan Bechard as Picasso, Adam Mincks as Einstein and Larry Akin Smith as Gaston. While the characters of Picasso and Einstein are based on historical figures, the other characters are all fictional creations of local Parisians, art dealers, and, of course, the female admirers of Picasso and Einstein.
They laugh, they drink, they lust, they quarrel.
Producing Artistic Director kb saine points out that this comedy is perfect for December. “Amid the holiday rush, it’s great to take an evening or afternoon with this hysterically funny play. It’s one of those plays where you’re still quietly groaning from one joke when you find yourself laughing out loud at the next one. Our audiences are going to have a great time.”
Steve Martin wrote Picasso at the Lapin Agile in 1993. It has won numerous critical awards and has been performed all over the country. Sycamore Rouge is proud to debut this play in the Central Virginia region. “It’s a great play for Petersburg and Southside because it shows how bringing people together can spark brilliant ideas, and how having the right people in the right place at the right time can change the world,” said saine.
Amid the holiday rush, it’s great to take an evening or afternoon with this hysterically funny play. It’s one of those plays where you’re still quietly groaning from one joke when you find yourself laughing out loud at the next one.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile will run during the holiday season from December 3 through December 23, with Friday, December 2 being a special preview performance. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 – $22 (group rate $15) and can be purchased online at www.sycamorerouge.org or by calling the Box Office at 804-957-5707.