By Ana Edelstein/staff writer
Picasso at the Lapine Agile is an intelligent and comedic play.
The play will open this Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Harral studio theatre with a free student night. The play will run through October 7 and lasts roughly an hour and twenty minutes.
Art, genius, talent and women are a few of the topics discussed in the play. The production takes place in a Paris café, where there is a debate about what makes Picasso more talented than Einstein or vise versa. There is a surprise ending with a twist that cannot be disclosed.
Johnny Carino’s is the catering company for the dinner productions. With dinner, the ticket price is $15, which director Dr. Marti Runnels believes is affordable.
“Driving to Lubbock and getting a soda would cost you at least fifteen dollars,” Runnels said.
The cost of the play without dinner after the opening night is $8.
Steve Martin, a former host of Saturday Night Live and an avid art collector, wrote this play.
“What most people don’t realize is that Steve Martin is very bright and very much in the art world,” Runnels said.
Martin has a painting of Picasso in his collection, and he stands on the board of a prestigious gallery in New York. This piece is a culmination of his loves for the theatrical and the artistic world.
The play is an interesting interpretation of what it might have been like if Picasso and Einstein had met in real life.
Jordy Williams ≈ Pablo Picasso
Peter Bourland ≈ Albert Einstein
Thomas Hoffman ≈ Freddy
Grant Jasper ≈ Gaston
Khrystyne Eckerd ≈ Germaine
Rachel Morgan ≈ Suzanne
Dr. David Howle ≈ Sagot
David McClung ≈ Schmendiman
Jessie Else ≈ The countess
Rachel Morrison ≈ A female admirer
Barry Skagg ≈ A visitor