Director’s Note: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

From director Kari Goetz on her second go-round with Steve Martin’s hilarious comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which opens our 2022-23 season in the Straz Center’s Shimberg Playhouse. A pass is available right now to all 7 shows for up to 70% off the price of single tickets. Single tickets start at $39.50 and increase by date based on demand, we urge folks to make a plan and book in advance to secure the dates they want at the lowest price.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile is an amuse bouche of the bohemian era, a time that predates the horrific trauma that will befall Europe during WWI and WWII. There is an undercurrent in this moment, an uncertainty of what is to come and what forces occurring in the moment will shape the future. 

Feels familiar, doesn’t it?
 
Who is our Einstein and our Picasso today? Where are they living on this small blue dot in a vast universe of potential energy? What will they contribute to our society and our way of life?
 
Oh yeah, this is a comedy. 
 
As a director, it has been over a decade since I visited this wonderful world that Mr. Martin created for us to explore. Much has changed in that time. Still, the wonder of art and science continue to leave us with more questions than answers. To celebrate in that space today feels like a political act, which we did not have to contend with when Jobiste first produced Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
 
But it’s still a comedy.
 
So please, immerse yourself in the absurd world where Einstein and Picasso meet in a bar filled with characters both real and fictional and laugh while maybe asking some big questions. Remember, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now …
 
Go ca(s)t go…

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