Bethany Theatre to Present Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Theatre will present Steve Martin’s comical “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” October 1-3 at 8 p.m. and October 4 at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany campus. The play is one in a series of performances on art Bethany is featuring this season.

Set in a Paris café in 1904, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” (Nimble Rabbit) features a meeting between a young Albert Einstein and a young Pablo Picasso, each on the verge of producing a great work—Einstein would present his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso would paint "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" in 1907. They and other characters in the bar representing various intellectual and cultural facets of the time enjoy humorously sparring about theories of art, science, commerce, sex and politics and how these forces will evolve and shape the 20th century. Finally, a surprise visitor from the future arrives to further complicate the debate.

6983IMG2635.jpgDirector Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, stated, “This play is equal parts funny and intelligent. We’ve wanted to do this play for awhile. It’s what we’re all about—entertainment and enlightenment.” Hardt continued, “Its slightly absurd premise allows the topics to zoom by so fast that you may want to see this one more than once. We’ve got a great cast and crew, an exceptional design, and this production deserves to play to standing room only!”

Bethany’s presentation of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” will feature the following cast and crew:

Joey Albus (Sagot)—a sophomore Theatre major from Beallsville, Ohio; Robert Christiansen (Sound Technician)—a sophomore History and English major from Seattle, Wash.; Alina Cross (Suzanne)—a freshman Theatre and Business Administration major from Weirton, W.Va.; Tracie Duncan (Designer/Technical Director)—Assistant Professor of Theatre; Devon Farris (Sound and Light Technician)—a junior Technical Theatre major from Ohioville, Pa.; Andrew Ferguson (The Visitor)—a freshman Theatre major from Brilliant, Ohio; Valerie Flatley (Female Understudy)—an Interdisciplinary major from Wheeling, W.Va.; Luke Hardt (Director)—Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Rohando O. Harvey (Picasso)—a freshman Theatre major from Frederick, Md.; Shawn Holmes (Gaston)—a sophomore Theatre major from Weirton, W.Va; Lydia Lavin (The Countess)—a senior Theatre major with an emphasis in Performance from Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y.; Ben Lighter (Freddy)—a freshman Political Science major from Bowie, Md.; Patrick McGregor II (Assistant Director)—a sophomore Theatre/Arts Administration double major from Westerville, Ohio; Megan Oberdoerster (Female Understudy)—a sophomore Biology major from Mentor, Ohio; Richard William Oliver (Einstein)—a freshman Theatre major from Chester, W.Va.; Evan Oslund (Male Understudy)—a junior Theatre major from Oakmont, Pa.; Tina Rykowski (Stage Manager)—a sophomore Theatre major from Weirton, W.Va.; Hannah Sweetser (Germaine)—a freshman English major from Fairmont, W.Va.; Alex Tamsula (Schmendiman)—a freshman Theatre major from Elizabethtown, Pa.; Johnna Valenti (Female Admirer)—a senior Elementary Education major and Theatre minor from Avella, Pa.; and Amie Warrick (Assistant Director)—a sophomore Communication major and Computer Science minor from Keedysville, Md.

Reservations can be made by calling 304.829.7124. Tickets are available by donation.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.