Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ Performed at UH April 4 - 13

The year is 1904. Albert Einstein is on the verge of publishing his theory of relativity, and Pablo Picasso is a few years away from painting one of the most important pieces of the cubist movement, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon." When both men run into each other at a bar, their dialogue is far from the usual cocktail chatter.

Audiences can eavesdrop on this very conversation during the upcoming University of Houston production of Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." The play, directed by Houston actor and UH theater instructor Rutherford Cravens, runs April 4-5 and 11-13 in the Lyndall B. Wortham Theatre.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" made its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 1994. It was the first production staged in the famed company's Studio Theatre, and later was the first Steppenwolf production performed outside of Chicago.

"The script, like its author, is sometimes silly, sometimes serious but always very funny and very smart," Cravens said. "I think its popularity stems from these qualities. There aren't many American plays that combine real silliness with serious intent."

Tickets for this production are $15, $12 for UH faculty and staff, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. For reservations or additional information, contact 713-743-2929.

WHAT: "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
WHEN: 8 p.m., April 4 - 5, 11 - 12; 2 p.m., April 13

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts/Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
University of Houston - Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204

WHO: UH School of Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH