Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at The Lapin Agile’ Coming to Southeast Feb. 18-27

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 4, 2005 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance announces the run of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” by Steve Martin, to be performed Feb. 18-27 in Rose Theatre.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 18-19, 10 a.m. Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Feb. 24-26, and 8 p.m. Feb. 27.

Steve Martin’s first full-length play, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” ponders the imaginary meeting of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at a real-life Parisian watering hole in the early 1900s, where they debate whose contribution to society will have a greater and longer-lasting impact on the future and which is more profound — art or science.

The two geniuses are accidentally thrown together just as each was about to set the world on fire — Einstein as he is about to publish his General Theory of Relativity and Picasso as he is about to enter his groundbreaking Rose period. The two engage in an old-west-style standoff of egos, with a “drawing” being done on cocktail napkins at a bar, with pencils. Also thrown into the mix is a surprise third historical giant, whose talent almost eclipses those of the two geniuses, at least as measured by popular culture. The result is a hilarious but profound analysis of life, sex, creativity and talent that is sure to delight audiences with its infectious wit.

Director Robert W. Dillon Jr. has assembled a cast of some of Southeast’s most talented comedic actors to fill the parts, including Tim Nicolai and Nick Cutelli, as well as some talented newcomers. This play has won numerous awards and accolades in its 10-year history, and is sure to delight local audiences as well.

Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Box Office by calling (573) 651-2265 or by stopping by the lobby of the Rose Theatre. The cost of admission is $10 for the general public, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for students. Discounts will be available in advance only, and all seats will be $10 on the day of the performance.