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Students to perform ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ through April 16

ISSUED: 21 March 2023

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Contemporary Theater Studies program will present the comedy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin on April 6-8, 14, and 15 at 7 p.m., and April 16 at 3 p.m. All performances, which will take place in the Marinoff Theater, are free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID and pay-what-you-will for the public.

This long-running off-Broadway absurdist comedy features Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso  at Parisian café Lapin Agile in 1904, just before the famous scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter inflamed the art world with cubism.

In his first stage comedy, Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as the two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects and other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Other characters adding to the absurdity are Picasso’s agent, the bartender and his mistress, one of Picasso’s lovers, a countess, elderly philosopher, idiot inventor, and charismatic dark-haired singer appearing from a later era. The play includes mature themes and adult language and humor.

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