Comedian Steve Martin’s Play Hits the Stage at Santa Ana College


By Nashe Harley

Actor, comedian and Santa Ana College alumnus Steve Martin’s play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, portrays the fictional meeting of two of history’s major figures — Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.

Written in 1993, the comedy starts off with Einstein and Picasso at a chance encounter in a Parisian bar, the Lapin Agile.

Both are there in the hope of meeting a woman. Soon both the bartenders and customers are entwined in thoughtful, and often ridiculous, conversation as the group tackles theories about life, love and the universe.

Compared to previous productions, this play is a welcome change for the Theatre Arts department because it is fresh, fun and alive, said Phillips Hall Coordinator Valinda Tivenan.

“It’s delightful to see the actors playing a role that they can have fun with,” she said.

Production Coordinator Sean Small built the set with help from several of the students and actors. It was designed to capture the casual, rustic feel of the real-life Parisian bar.

“Scenery is a huge part of it. We tried to recreate the feel of the original Lapin Agile and capture the realism and history of it,” Tivenan said.

The final performances for Picasso at the Lapin Agile will be April 3 and April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Hall Theatre.

General admission is $9.99 for SAC and SCC students and $15 for non-students.


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