Picasso at the Lapin Agile
September 14-23, 2018
"Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar..." is the start of a joke, but is also the premise for this hilarious comedy by Steve Martin. Witty, wacky, and absurd characters come to life on the Elm Street stage and join Picasso and Einstein as both are failures at the bar, but both about to be discovered.
"Focusing on Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and Picasso’s master painting, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the play attempts to explain, in a light-hearted way, the similarity of the creative process involved in great leaps of imagination in art and science." – Steve Martin
This intellectual comedy features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (French: "Nimble Rabbit") in Montmartre, Paris. It is set on October 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of disclosing amazing ideas (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907). At the Lapin Agile, they have a lengthy debate about the value of genius andtalent, while interacting with a host of other characters.
“Science and art equally are expressions of man's marvelous plasticity of mind” — Jacob Bronowski, scientist