A comedy by Steve Martin
Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a bar. No, really. Each on the verge of the accomplishments that shaped their notoriety and introduced their genius to the world, these two phenomenal minds meet at the Lapin Agile in Paris, 1904, to discuss physics and art while attempting to impress a beautiful woman. With a cast of unique and colourful characters in the bar with them, including a visitor from the future – this play has been introduced with the question: “Ever wonder what it would have been like if wild and crazy Steve Martin had written an episode of “The Twilight Zone”?” You can discover the answer for yourself in January of 2012, when Morpheus Theatre proudly presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile to Calgary audiences.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmartre, Paris. It is set in 1904, and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein will publish the Special Theory of Relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907) when they find themselves at the Lapin Agile, where they argue about the art of physics and the physics of art. While displaying their genius and talent, they interact with a host of other eccentric, hilarious and charming characters.
*This Production is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Albert Einstein: (M - Age twenty-five) Ambitious, confident and somewhat arrogant. He is a genius after all.
Pablo Picasso: (M - Age twenty-three) Handsome, flirtatious, moody and somewhat arrogant. He’s also a genius.
Freddy: (M - Late-thirties) Owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile. He is friendly and welcoming and often has a witty comeback.
Germaine: (F - Age thirty-five) Waitress, Freddy’s observant and witty girlfriend. She tells it like it is.
Gaston: (M - About sixty) He is a regular at the bar who loves to look at pretty ladies.
Suzanne: (F - Age nineteen) Sexy and street smart. She is smitten with Picasso.
Sagot: (M - Early fifties) Fashionable and energetic. He is Picasso’s art dealer.
Schmendiman: (M - A young man) Extremely arrogant inventor. Not a genius, but thinks he is.
Visitor: (M - Age twenty-five) Country boy, charming, handsome with a voice to woo the ladies.
Alice Nelson is a director, actress, producer, playwright, clown, improviser, and artistic bohemian. She holds an MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California, where she trained in Clown, Commedia, Melodrama, Tragedy, Mask, Improvisation and Ensemble Creation.
Alice has toured Canada and the U.S.A. with her shows Local Celebrity, Elephant, RAUNCH: The Rise of Female Chauvinist Pigs and Swashbucklers.
Alice grew up listening to her Dad’s Steve Martin records. She quotes them often.
Performances are January 13 - 28, 2012 at the Pumphouse Theatre
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