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Carpenter Square Theatre
Announces Auditions
for:
 

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

by Steve Martin

A Comedy directed by Rhonda Clark




When: 2:00 - 5:00 pm Saturday, July 17, 2021 – Readings from the script. Plan to arrive no later than 3:30 pm.
If needed, callbacks will be at 4:00 pm Sunday, July 18.

Where: At the theatre, located at 800 W. Main. Parking is free on the street, at Dagwell Dixie next door (ignore the “No Parking” signs), and in the parking lot on the west side of the SMC building at 815 W. Main (between SMC and the West Village apartment building).

What: If not vaccinated, wear a mask. Bring a recent photo and résumé.

Hard copy perusal scripts are available to check out for a $10 refundable deposit. Please call CST at 405-232-6500 or email csttix@coxinet.net to make arrangements to check out a script. Call or contact us in the office before dropping by to make sure a script is available and someone is in the office to check it out to you. . In order to receive your refund, the script must be returned by Saturday, July 17. Office Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Fridays 1-6:00 pm

Performance dates: September 3-25, 2021
September 3-4, 10-11, 16-19, and 23-25 with brush-up rehearsal on September 9. Most rehearsals are scheduled Mon-Fri at 7 p.m. with Saturday or Sunday rehearsals scheduled only if needed to accommodate week-night conflicts. 1st tech is the afternoon/early evening of Sunday, August 29, 2021.

CAST OVERVIEW: 7 Men, 2 Women.

FREDDY – 30s-45. The owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile.

GASTON – 60s. A bar fly. Superstitious, opinionated, and loves women. Pops off a cynical quip pretty easily. Has to pee a lot.

GERMAINE – 30s-early 40s. A waitress at the Lapin Agile and Freddy’s girlfriend, but she also has liaisons with Picasso.

ALBERT EINSTEIN – 25. (Will consider an older actor who appears young.) A physicist who in one year will publish “The Special Theory of Relativity,” but still works at the patent office.

SUZANNE/THE COUNTESS/A FEMALE ADMIRER – 19-25. Suzanne has had two liaisons with Picasso, and he has sketched her. The Countess is brainy, well-dressed, with long red hair and is happy to pay Einstein’s bar tabs. The Female Admirer is infatuated with Schmendiman.

SAGOT – 50s. An art dealer who is vibrant and energetic. Loves to “talk shop.”

PABLO PICASSO – 23. (Will consider an older actor who appears young.) A painter. In three years, he will paint his famous “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.”

CHARLES DABINOW SCHMENDIMAN – 30s. An inventor of unusual things.

A VISITOR – 20s. A singer from the future – the Fifties - wearing blue suede shoes. He hails from Memphis, and speaks with a drawl. The actor needs to be made to look like a young Elvis.

Synopsis:
Winner! 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play

This long running Off Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse (and argue) about the century’s achievements and prospects, as well as other fanciful topics, with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’s agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark-haired singer time warped in from the 1950s.

(CST first produced “Picasso” in 2000 in Season 16. Audiences loved its quirky, absurd humor. The 2017 revised version is what we will be presenting.)

"It’s important to remember that the playwright of Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Steve Martin, stand-up comic, actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when big questions are being addressed, you can be sure that a layer of silliness is always in place (and, subversively, a layer of seriousness beneath that)." - The New York Times.

"Highly credible and ... very funny. The subject matter is daring. You get giggles in plenty [and] moments of enlightenmen. The introduction of the final, exquisitely selected visitor from the future is a master stroke." - New York Post.

"Consistently entertaining." - New York Daily News.

"Very engaging [...] Martin sends ideas onstage in baggy pants with a cigar mix[ing] the sublime with the ridiculous [so] that they can't be easily disentangled. Very good fun." - The New York Times.

“A major treat." – Newsday.

"Steve Martin's enlightening play is equally smart and silly..." - Hartford Courant.

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