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Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405
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“Silly and thoughtful, breezy and profound.” —Newsday
Not only will Picasso make you laugh, but it’ll also teach you a thing or two about Einstein


The play is set at a bar in Paris, the Lapin Agile, in 1904. The bar’s patrons include three men who are convinced of their importantant place in the coming century: Young Pablo Picasso, who will paint Les Demoiselles DaAvignon in 1907; Young Albert Einstein, who will publish his Special Theory Of Relativity in 1905; and Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, an inventor.

Thereas also a visiting time traveler, a Singer from Memphis, Tennessee who’s skilled with a guitar and wears blue suede shoes.

Picasso was famously a womanizer and he is depicted here having simultaneous romances with Suzanne, a young mademoiselle, and Germaine, a waitress and the bartender’s lady. History records that Einstein, too, was a great hit with the ladies, but there are reasons Martin didn’t entitle his play Picasso And Einstein. Then there’s the Singer, who was himself a legendary Burnin’ Hunk O’ Love.

On this special Paris night in 1904, the people who gather at the Lapin Agile will fairly bubble over and gush with optimism and enthusiasm for the new century. The audience will come away with better understandings of Einstein’s famous theory (no joke), the genius of Picasso and what he was accomplishing, and why a true comprehension of the nature of Beauty was central to the work of both men. Oh yes, the proceedings are also hilarious, as one would expect from the pen of Steve Martin.

Mikey R. Myers helms Picasso. Recently at the Ruskin, he produced L.A. Cafe Plays and Loose Ends, in which he also appeared.

The cast of Picasso At The Lapin Agile includes David Bosnak, Fred Deni, Dennis Dwyer, Jose Element, Maria Finglas, Hugh Fitzgerald, Eddie Jaregui, Erin Kelly, Suzy Kim, Andy Lauer, Aaron Michael Lodge, Angelo Loukas, Val Norton, Cambel Perkinson, Samantha Thomson, Ryan Wilson, Jill Zimmerman.

One would come to a play written by Steve Martin expecting to laugh a lot. You’d be right!

The first reading of Picasso featured Tom Hanks as Picasso and Chris Sarandon as Einstein; it went on to open at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater in 1993, and from there to New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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