Center for the Arts
Carol Carder, marketing/pr director
2202 W. Anklam, Tucson, AZ 85709-0140
Mickey Nugent, theatre arts faculty
520-661-8052 (cell phone)
Oct. 7, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
What: PCC Theatre Arts presents Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
Where: PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709
When: November 5-16, Wed. preview, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. ASL interpreters available 11/13 at 7:30 p.m.
Open to the public: Tickets are $15 with discounts available. Box office hours: Tue.-Fri., noon-5p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. 520-206-6986, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pima.edu/cfa
Tucson, Arizona--PCC Theatre Arts presents Steve Martin’s tongue-in-cheek comedy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” directed by Mickey Nugent. The play will run November 5-16 in the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre.
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” written in 1993, is the first full-length play by the “wild and crazy” comedian, Steve Martin. It’s a fantasy story about the meeting of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in at a bar called Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmarte, Paris in 1904. Both men are on the verge of breakthrough work that will shape the 20th century—Einstein’s theory of relativity and Picasso’s painting of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. They are full of youthful zeal and egotism. Each is sure he holds the key to the new century’s greatest idea. The energetic encounter at the bar is filled with humorous insights—some ridiculously silly and others multi-layered and intelligently funny. At one point in the play Einstein introduces the bartender to the concept ice-box laugh. “You don’t laugh now, but an hour later, you’re at home, standing in front of the ice-box, and you laugh.” Martin sprinkles a dash of philosophy in between the jokes along with a little cynicism at just the right point. As Einstein and Picasso finally come to some agreement, a visitor from the future arrives in the form of a hip-swiveling singer wearing blue suede shoes. Now what will have the greatest impact on humanity—art, science or pop culture? According to theatre reviewer Eric D. Snider (City Weekly – Salt Lake City, UT), “The play comments on talent, genius and celebrity and hints at which one is most important in the 20th century. It’s a fitting end to a century that had much fun and frivolity, but which, upon closer inspection, had quite a bit to chew on too—just like the play.”
The Pima Community College Center for the Arts is located on West Campus at 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson (just west of downtown). For ticket information contact the box office at 206-6986 or email email@example.com.
A photo call for the media is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre. Director Mickey Nugent is available for interviews by calling 520-661-8052 (cell phone) or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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