Picasso at the Lapin Agile

by  Steve Martin

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 2f

This long running Off Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe 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. 

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile

by  Steve Martin

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    Cast Size

    7m, 2f
  • Suggested Use

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    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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This long running Off Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe 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 and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark-haired singer time warped in from a later era.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play

Reviews

"It’s important to remember that the playwright of Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Steve Martin, stand-up comic, actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when big questions are being addressed, you can be sure that a layer of silliness is always in place (and, subversively, a layer of seriousness beneath that)." - The New York Times

"Highly credible and [...] very funny. The subject matter is daring [...] You get giggles in plenty [and] moments of enlightenment [...] The introduction of the final, exquisitely selected visitor from the future is a master stroke." - New York Post

"Consistently entertaining." - New York Daily News

"Very engaging [...] Martin sends ideas onstage in baggy pants, with a cigar [...] mix[ing] the sublime with the ridiculous [so] that they can't be easily disentangled [...] Very good fun." - The New York Times

"A major treat." - Newsday

"Steve Martin's enlightening play is equally smart and silly [...]" - Hartford Courant

Keywords

Friendship

Considerations

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Setting: A bar in paris, 1904.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

7m, 2f

FREDDY, the owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile

GASTON, an older man

GERMAINE, waitress and Freddy’s girlfriend

ALBERT EINSTEIN, age twenty-five

SUZANNE, age nineteen

SAGOT, Picasso’s art dealer

PABLO PICASSO, age twenty-three

CHARLES DABERNOW SCHMENDIMAN, a young man

THE COUNTESS

A FEMALE ADMIRER

A VISITOR

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Cast Attributes

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Casting Notes

Parts for up to 7 men and 4 women

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Authors

Steve Martin

As an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician—Steve Martin is one of the most diversified performers and acclaimed artists of his generation. Martin has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history—appearing in more than 50 f ...

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile opened at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, on October 13, 1993.

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