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'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'
To Open at UW-Eau Claire 

MAILED: April 26, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's University Theatre will present Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a humorous portrayal of a fictitious meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a bohemian Parisian Café, the Lapin Agile.
         The play, directed by Richard Nimke, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Riverside Theatre. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4 and 8-11 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
         "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" was awarded the 1996 New York Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play and Best Playwright.
         The play is a hilarious and profound battle of ideas between Albert Einstein, played by junior Joshua Paffel, Spooner, and Pablo Picasso, played by senior Aaron Zook, Fall Creek, as they debate art, science and the future. The company of characters is rounded out by an array of patrons including Einstein's girlfriend, Suzanne, played by freshman Briana Hardyman, Darlington; a countess, played by junior Anna Figlesthaler, Bayside; and a swivel-hipped singer from the future wearing blue suede shoes, played by senior Tony Brown, Plymouth. Other characters include Gaston, an older man, played by senior Robert Vanderloop, Kaukauna; Picasso's art dealer, Sagot, played by freshman Paul Bleier, Wautoma; a female admirer, played by senior Amanda Schumacher, Peshtigo; Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, played by senior Brain Benson, Rhinelander; and Germaine, played by junior Kelly Lee Kriesel, Madison. Germaine is a waitress and girlfriend to Freddy, the owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile. Junior Eric Traxler, Boyceville, plays Freddy.
         Set and light design is by Jody Sekas, assistant professor of music and theatre arts. Costume design is by Peggy Sannerud, a guest designer from LaCrosse. Makeup design is by senior Laura Malischke, Wauwatosa, properties are by senior Chandra LaViolette, Manitowoc, and senior Emily McPeck, Clayton, is the stage manager.
         Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $8 for the general public; $6 for those 62 and older and children 17 and younger; and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff with a university ID.
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Updated: April 26, 2002