Play 2, 2012

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

by Steve Martin

directed by Rod Thompson

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Art, science and absinthe - in a new century, no topic is off the menu!

The Play

Ooh, la la! Paris! Sipping absinthe in a cosmopolitan bar in Montmartre, in the noughties, that's 1900, we rub shoulders with a famous Spanish artist, a famous German scientist and a famous American singer, who may or may not be still with us.

It is the beginning of a new century, filled with promise and prophesy, culture and colour, science and sex. The universe is ours for the taking, if we can only grasp it.

The play is set in a small bar, The Lapin Agile ("The Frisky Rabbit"), where artists meet to declare their manifestos.
In the author’s zany and unpredictable style, it looks at our hopes and aspirations. It takes a satirical look at celebrity and innovation in art and science, technology and politics – no topic is off the menu in this quirky and thought-provoking play.


The Playwright

Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, musician and composer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he has become a successful actor, author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among others.


Steve Martin

The Director

Rod Thompson has been a member of the Players for 30 years, and has appeared in and directed quite a number of productions. Directions include: Harp in the South, Two Weeks with the Queen, Ten Times Table, Confusions and Dancing at Lughnasa. He has been seen on stage as the bigotted, racist, and ultimately successful prosecutor in To Kill a Mockingbird and the strolling accordion player in 'Allo, 'Allo, and as Yoric in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliette) Most recently as the amusing Mr Dumby,"experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes", in Lady Windermere's Fan in 2011.

Rod collaborated with Maria Plumb to adapt and direct the classic Restoration comedy The Busybody. This adaptation was also produced at The Burnside Players in November 2006.

Rod's adaptation of the Jules Verne story Dr Ox: the Experiment was produced by the Players in 2006.

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