DramaCentre to present Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile
RELEASED: September 18, 2008
That is the premise of Steve Martin's play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, described by one reviewer as "wiggy" and "inventively odd."
Martin plays fast and loose with fact, history and philosophy as these two soon-to-be superstars of art and science try to figure out what it means to be on the verge of changing the world.
The play is set in a factual well-known bar in Paris called The Lapin Agile, where Picasso and other struggling artists and writers gathered at the turn of the century. Picasso's famous painting, At the Lapin Agile, was part of Martin's inspiration for the play.
David Winningham '10, assistant director, says, "It's the perfect Centre show. It's smart and funny and people will recognize intelligence in the script." Irene Palmer '10, who plays the character of Germaine, says, "It incorporates a lot of references that college students will get. And it's funny."
Jeff Hortillosa '09, who plays Picasso, commented, "A lot of college students are genuinely smart but genuinely afraid to speak their mind. This play shows people who speak their minds and learn to acknowledge different talents."
The play will be in Weisiger Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 19, curtain is at 7:30 p.m., and the final performance is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Performances last about 90 minutes.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Norton Center Box Office by calling (859) 236-4692 or at the door the night of the performance. Admission is free for Centre students, faculty and staff.
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