PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
by Steve Martin
Directed by Ken J. Kopf
To be performed at The Campus Theatre,
413 Market St, Lewisburg
November 8-9, 2014
TWO AUDITION SESSIONS!
Saturday, August 9, 2014 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a play written in 1993 by comedian, screenwriter and author Steve Martin (of Saturday Night Live fame, writer of movies such as The Jerk, L.A. Story, Roxanne, Shopgirl). This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a bar, The Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmartre, Paris 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’s agent, the bartender, his girlfriend, Picasso’s date, a philosopher, an inventor, and a countess introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired stranger time warped in from a later era.
The cast requires 7 men and 4 women–all ages (adults) and experience levels are welcome. Auditioners may drop in for either of the two audition sessions and do not need to prepare a monologue in advance; readings will be provided there.
The 11 characters are:
- Freddy, the owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile
- Gaston, an older man
- Germaine, waitress and Freddy’s girlfriend
- Albert Einstein
- Suzanne, Picasso’s date
- Sagot, Picasso’s art dealer
- Pablo Picasso
- Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, an inventor
- The Countess, Einstein’s date
- A female admirer
- A mysterious visitor (young, charismatic male)