This long running Off Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renownedscientist 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 Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’sachievements and prospects, as well as other fanciful topics, with infectious dizziness.
The production will be directed by Emily Wells, producing manager of Houston Grand Opera (HGOco) and freelance director. Her directing history hasincluded Black Pearl Sings! at the Circuit Playhouse, The Who and the What for Gulfshore Playhouse and Jason and the Argonauts withTheatreworks/USA.
Mark Krouskop (set designer) lecturer and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, who recently designed the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy of She Kills Monsters, the raining elevator for Eurydice, and the Italian village in Servant of Two Masters, will be the set designer for Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
Kristie Shackelford (costume designer) is a recent graduate of the University of Houston's MFA program where she focused her theatre education in costume technology. while matriculating through her graduate studies, Christie was costume designer for three main stage shows at The Ensemble Theatre (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 'da Kink in my Hair, and Too Heavy for your Pocket) and two for Lonestar Cy-Fair's summer children's shows (Tilly and the Trickster and Awesome Allie First Kid Astromaut), She is an active member of the United States Institute of Technical Theatre, The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians, and most recently joined Parent Artist Advocacy League.
Playwright or Author: Steve Martin
Directed By: Emily Wells
Costume Designer: Kristie Shackelford
Set Designer: Mark Krouskop
Lighting Designer: Thomas Murphy
Opening Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Closing Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Performance Location: Hamman Hall
Image Credit: Pin Lim