Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ coming to Rice Theatre

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Katharine Shilcutt

Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ coming to Rice Theatre
Popular comedy will run Feb. 22-24, Feb. 28 and March 1-2

HOUSTON — (Jan. 11, 2018) — Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso will talk shop in a Parisian cafe for five nights as the Rice University Theatre Program presents “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St. Acclaimed actor and screenwriter Steve Martin’s long-running absurdist comedy will be staged Feb. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., Feb. 24 at 3 p.m., Feb 28 at 8 p.m. and March 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.

Picasso at the Lapin AgileSet in France 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, Martin’s play ponders fact, fame and fortune as the two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects — as well as other fanciful topics — with infectious dizziness.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile” will be directed by Emily Wells, producing manager of Houston Grand Opera and freelance director. Her past directing work has included “Black Pearl Sings!” at the Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, Tenn., “The Who & the What” for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Fla., and “Jason and the Argonauts” with TheaterWorksUSA in New York.

Mark Krouskop, lecturer and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, who recently designed the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy of “She Kills Monsters,” the raining elevator for “Eurydice” and the Italian village in “The Servant of Two Masters,” will serve as set designer.

Heather Breikjern, lecturer in costume design and technology for the Rice Theatre Program, who recently designed the costumes for “She Kills Monsters,” will also act as costume designer for “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” Breikjern’s costume design work has taken her across the nation, working for groups such as Houston’s Alley Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Carolina.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for alumni, faculty and seniors; and $5 for students and groups of more than 10 people. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 713-348-4005.

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About Katharine Shilcutt

Katharine Shilcutt is a media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.