A Night with Picasso at the Lapin Agile

A dramatic reading of excerpts from Steve Martin's comic play that tells the hypothetical story of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meeting at a Paris bar, and the debate that ensues.

When: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free - $9

Age limit: 14+

Categories: Performance art


Directed by Mitchell Thomas

Enjoy a dramatic reading of excerpts from Steve Martin's 1993 comic play that tells the hypothetical story of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmartre, Paris. It is set on October 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein will publish his 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 have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent while interacting with a host of other characters.
Includes cash bar

Limited to 60 guests

Free for SBMA Members/Free with Museum admission (Non-Members)

About the Director:
Mitchell Thomas is an award-winning actor, director, teacher, and current Chair of the Westmont College Theatre Arts department. He was the winner of the 2008 Arlin G. Meyer Prize for his direction of Erik Ehn’s The Saint Plays and also received a 2010 Indie Award for his direction of Ionesco’sThe Bald Soprano. Mitchell specializes in devised theatre and working with playwrights to develop new work. Since 2005, Mitchell has created or commissioned over 20 original full-length and short works, including Ablaze, Big Tent Love, Rogue, The Car Play Project, The Earthquake Predictor Rides the Bus, Don’t Be Fooled by Me, Fortune’s Fool: stop the violence or I’ll kill you, Muéveme. Muévete., and GLIMPSE: beyond. Recent work as a theatre producer includes Tim Crouch's ENGLAND (recently performed at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art) and Wallace Shawn's The Fever in Santa Barbara, LA, and London. Mitchell received his M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington.

About the cast:
The cast of Picasso at the Lapin Agile is comprised of local, professional actors, including members of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, BoxTales, Genesis West, and theatre faculty and recent alums from Westmont college and the UCSB BFA Acting program.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted Dec. 19, 2011
Last updated Dec. 30, 2011


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