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Regional premiere to be Loyola Theatre’s first fall production

Loyola press release - September 28, 1999

(New Orleans)—The regional premiere of a popular play by one of today’s greatest comic talents, actor/playwright Steve Martin, will be the first fall production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Martin will play on October 8 - 17 at the Lower Depths Theater. It will be directed by Dr. Don Brady.

A recent hit in New York, Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a delightful and whimsical mix of fact and fantasy. The story involves a fictional meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in a Paris bar in 1904, one year before Einstein published his theory of relativity. As several colorful characters meet and interact, a comic game of philosophical ping-pong on the nature of science, art, and the possible future of the 20th century emerges. A surprise contemporary twist occurs near the end of the play.

"Everyone knows Steve Martin the actor and comedian," said Don Brady, "but he has also written several of his own movies, including Roxanne, L.A. Story, and his new movie, Bowfinger. Picasso at the Lapin Agile is his first full-length play, and it’s great fun."

"Martin plays fast and loose with historical characters, giving us plenty of laughs with moments of enlightenment," said Georgia Gresham, chair of the Department of Drama and Speech. "We’re thrilled to be offering another regional premiere."

Picasso at the Lapin Agile will run in the Lower Depths Theater in the Music/Communications Building at St. Charles and Calhoun on October 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and October 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $7 for students, seniors, Loyola faculty and alumni. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 865-3824.