Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
January 16 – February 14, 2016
Steve Martin
Chris Stezin

This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’ agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.

Winner of the 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play

Sponsored by
Alison & Bernie Sheahan, Brian Doyle, Cathy and Bob Solomon, Marge & John Bernbaum, Marcie Cohen, Sally & Paul Cusenza, Abigail Isaac Fine, Gail and Peter Hanson, Roberta and Greg Milman, Katrina Wiskup

The Washington Post Review

“It’s fun to watch Smith’s Einstein, who looks like a silent-comedy star and often brims with glee over insights or jokes that only he can understand. And Keenan’s egomaniacal Picasso is a delight.”

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Great Evenings Out Review

“Though we’d seen the play once before, we had forgotten how full-on funny the script is… A lot of laughs with something to talk about after make for a worthwhile play any night.”

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The Tower Review

“The Keegan Theatre will be hosting this highly entertaining work until the end of February. It is an incredible take on two of the most influential men of the 20th century.”

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DC Theatre Scene Review

“One of the many pleasures of Picasso at the Lapine Agile, now playing at the charmingly cozy Keegan Theatre in Dupont Circle, is allowing us a glimpse into the earlier years of two true geniuses.”

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Broadway World Review

“An amiable evening with PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE also affords an opportunity to admire the beautifully and recently renovated theater on Church Street in the heart of Dupont Circle.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review

“The Keegan Theatre’s whimsical and bouncy new production of Steve Martin’s play Picasso at the Lapin Agile is an intricate, quasi-historical journey as seen through the prism of historical figures.”

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Washington Life Review

“The intimacy of the Keegan Theatre creates a feeling of being at a side table in the Lapin Agile, watching the crazy arguments of the two brilliant men about the significant role each will play in the coming 20th century.”

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Picasso Matthew Keenan
Einstein Bradley Foster Smith
Freddy Brandon McCoy*
Germaine Allison Leigh Corke
Suzanne Amanda Forstrom
Gaston Kevin Adams
Sagot Lee Liebeskind
Schmendimann Michael Innocenti
The Countess Sheri S. Herren
Bar Patron Katie Rosenberg
Bar Patron Caroline Leffert
The Visitor Michael Kozemchak

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Production Team

Director Chris Stezin
Assistant Director Sheri S. Herren
Stage Manager Juliana Parks
Assistant Stage Managers Katie Rosenberg, Caroline Leffert
Costume Designer Erin Nugent
Set Designer Matthew J. Keenan
Lighting Designer  Ryan Smith
Sound Designer  Tony Angelini
Projections Designer  Patrick Lord
Properties Designer and Set Dresser  Carol Baker
Hair and Makeup Designer  Craig Miller