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UW-Green Bay Theater examines the intersection of science and art in Picasso at Lapin Agile

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theater Program will present Picasso with the Agile Rabbit on April 22, 23, and 28-30, 2022 at the University Theater located in Theater Hall on the Green Bay campus. All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Picasso with the Agile Rabbit was written by the actor, comedian and frequent host of saturday night live, Steve Martin. The play won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play in 1996 and has been performed by theaters across the country.

What happens when Pablo Picasso meets Albert Einstein in a bar? This is the configuration for Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Set on October 8, 1904, the two masters are about to accomplish the work that will make them world renowned in their respective fields. In 1905, Einstein will publish his theory of relativity, which most people learn in school as E=mc2. And in 1907, Picasso will paint The Maidens of Avignon (The Maidens of Avignon). This painting would break established rules of art, eventually being revered in the art world and hailed as the beginning of Cubism and modern art. At the Parisian bar, Picasso and Einstein discuss the great cultural influences of the 20th century and argue over which of them has the greatest talent. Through often hilarious interactions with others in the bar, Picasso and Einstein begin to understand the parallels and interconnectedness of art and science.

The production is led by UW-Green Bay lecturer Alan Kopischke, who won accolades last year for his direction of Twilight, Los Angeles: 1992. Kopischke says he “loves the collision of art and science in this piece, and that these intelligent, driven characters bounce off each other like quantum particles emitting photons as they collide – small singular beams of light that illuminate life, art and our weaknesses. Or maybe they are like little pigments, mixing and opposing and contrasting and complementing each other. This piece is bursting with energy and ideas and offers a great mix of witty puns and overall physical comedy.

Seymour, Wisconsin native Ty Witthuhn takes on the role of famed physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein’s counterpart and father of modern art, Pablo Picasso is interpreted by Mickey Wirtz, originally from Green Bay. Witthuhn and Wirtz are joined on stage by a cast of UW-Green Bay students and Wisconsin natives representing an eclectic group of Lapin Agile customers and employees. Aubrey Stein plays Suzanne, an admirer of Picasso and Audrey Soberg takes on the role of Sagot, Picasso’s art dealer. The role of Germaine, a waitress at Lapin Agile, is played by Alexandra Smith, while Jenny Witt takes on the role of Schmendiman, a young inventor. And Blake Larson plays a talented country boy who travels back in time and adds another dimension to conversations. Stein, Soberg, Smith, Witt and Larson are all from Appleton. The role of Gaston, an abrupt, direct and frank Frenchman, is Mason Amidon of Richfield, Wis. The owner and bartender of Lapin Agile is Freddy who is played by Cory J. O’Donnell of Waukesha. Rounding out the cast is Hubertus’ Autumn Johnson taking on the roles of Countess and Admirer. The countess is an intelligent woman who attracts the attention of Einstein, while the admirer falls in love with another in the bar.

This absurd comedy is sure to make audiences laugh and think. Picasso with the Agile Rabbit is recommended for mature audiences due to some brief sexual references. Tickets for Picasso with the Agile Rabbit are $22 in advance for adults and $25 at the door. Seniors and students can purchase tickets for $17 in advance or $20 at the door. UW-Green Bay students are $12. Tickets can be purchased from University Ticketing Services located within the UW-Green Bay University Union. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 920-465-2400 or online at www.ticketstaronline.com. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, April 22, 23, and 28-30. Additional production information and ticket booking information is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre. Clients and media can also keep up to date with the latest UWGB Theater & Dance event news and information by liking and following UWGB Theater on Facebook, Twitter, instagramand Youtube.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Founded in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 9,276 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees across all campuses annually. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer over 200 degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, supported, and engaged members of their communities, ready to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems, and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campuses, the University welcomes students from all over the world. UW-Green Bay is the fastest growing UW school. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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