Rehearsals have commenced for BATS next production “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, written by Steve Martin and directed by Nick Smith. This absurdist comedy takes place in the famous Lapin Agile and features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet there. It is set on October 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of disclosing amazing ideas (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905) and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1907). At the Lapin Agile, they have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent, while interacting with a host of other characters.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile was the first full-length play written by Steve Martin. The first reading of the play took place at Steve Martin’s home, Tom Hanks read the role of Picasso, and Chris Sarandon read Einstein.
Martin then held a nine-day professional workshop of the play in Melbourne, at the Malthouse Theatre (in conjunction with Belvior St Theatre, which ended with two public staged readings of the play. The play has since been performed in various theatres around the world.
30 September to 8 October 2022
BOOKINGS OPEN SOON