The latest play produced by Salida’s Stage Left Theatre is Picasso at the Lapin Agile written by the iconic comedian/actor/screenwriter/banjo-aficionado Steve Martin. Set in a Parisian bar at the beginning of the 20th century (1904 to be more precise), the play imagines a comical encounter between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, both of whom are in their early twenties and fully aware of their amazing potential.
In addition to the two historical figures, the play is also populated with an amusingly incontinent barfly (Gaston), a gullible yet lovable bartender (Freddy), a wise waitress (Germaine), along with a few surprises that trounce in and out of the Lapin Agile.
The play takes place in one non-stop scene, lasting approximately 80 to 90 minutes. There isn’t much plot or conflict; however, there is a satisfying combination of whimsical nonsense and philosophic conversation.
“This is a play for audiences to relish with a wonderful cast,” says Director Jan Justis. “It’s short, sweet and hilarious but also historical and mentally stimulating.”
Performances will take place at Salida’s SteamPlant Theater on April 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm and April 20 at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Buy tickets at the SteamPlant Box Office, Salida and Buena Vista Chambers of Commerce, Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop or online at www.stagelefttheatre.org.