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Picasso At The Lapin Agile

"Picasso At The Lapin Agile, is a thoughtful comedy written by actor/writer/musician and song writer Steve Martin. And "I'm Herbert" is a one act comedy by Robert Anderson. They were presented on April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30, 2006 at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre as the 3rd play of the 73rd season.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a play written by Steve Martin in 1993. It features Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmartre, Paris. It is set on October 8, 1904 and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907) when they find themselves at the Lapin Agile, where they have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent while interacting with a host of other characters.

There's much discussion of the shaping of the twentieth century. Picasso obviously represents art, Einstein represents science, and Schmendimann represents commercialism.

Picasso and Einstein eventually realize that their abilities are equally valuable. However, once they have their moment of insight, "The Visitor," an unidentified man from the future, crashes the party. The Visitor is not identified directly, although there is little question he is Elvis Presley, easily identified by his blue suede shoes, among other things. Elvis adds a third dimension to Picasso and Einstein's debate, representing the idea that genius is not always the product of academic or philosophical understanding, or as Gaston refers to it, "Brains."

Production Staff and Cast:

Production Staff


Mike Manolakes

Assitant Director

April Esposito


Tom Novotny & Rae H. Williams

Stage Managers

Joshua M.L. Lozano & Rae H. Williams

Set Designer

Mike Manolakes


James Profitt III


Illusions Costume Company



Joe Boron

Suzanne/ Female Admirer

Katherin Brisik


Robert Douglas Fox


Jamin Gahm


James Grana


Shannon Jarot

The Countess

Tina Matriciano

The Visitor

Steven Shanks


Jym Shannon


David Walters

I'm Herbert

"I'm Herbert” is about two old, old people sitting on a porch in a pair of rocking chairs and talking. Just talking - and of course they don't know how funny they are. Each has had one or more previous marriages and perhaps a few flings, but they are hazy as to details. In fact, they don't always know which one the other one is. "I'm Herbert" is one of the four plays comprising You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running

Production Staff and Cast:

Production Staff

Director/ Lights

Tom Matriciano



Tom Novotny


Jan Novotny