When Steve Martin, the Emmy- and Grammy-winning wizard of wit, imagines a meeting between two of history’s greatest minds, the result is nothing short of genius. In this hilarious and thought-provoking play, the year is 1904 and two aspiring twenty-somethings named Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso hang out at the same gritty Parisian bistro. In his first comedy for the stage, Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as the two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements, as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.
Sept 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 |Oct 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 @ 8pm
Sept 18, 25 | Oct 2, 9, 15, 16, 23 @ 3pm
Pricing: $38.50, $32.50
Member Pricing: $26.95, $22.75 (fees may apply)
Raue Center Box Office | 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, 60014 | 815.356.9212 | Mon-Sat | 12 to 4p | open Sundays 1 hour prior to event | www.rauecenter.org
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes without an intermission
Advisory: PG-13. Contains some language and suggestive situations. A haze machine will be used during the show.
Experience the fun up close! 4 tickets per show will be available for exclusive onstage seating–Reservations through box office only. (Purchase cut-off for onstage seating is Thursday before each performance weekend)
Tickets: $38.50* (includes 1 free drink!)
Ushers will escort you up the stairs onto the stage and ask you to turn off any electronic devices before entering the Lapin Agile. You must remain in your seats for the entire show.
A drink selection ticket and some pencils will be on the table. Patrons sitting onstage can check a box to order 1 drink from a selection of beer, wine, or soda.
RULES FOR ON STAGE SEATING:
–NO LATE SEATING! You must arrive before 7:55pm to be seated or your onstage seating will be forfeit and you will be seated elsewhere.
–STAY PUT. No one can get up during the show. (There’s no intermission!)
–PLEASE, STAY PUT. No one can use the bathroom during the show.
–DON’T UPSTAGE THE ACTORS. Only speak when spoken to.
–DON’T PANIC. If there is an emergency, the actor playing Freddy will guide you out of the building.
–DON’T TEXT or MAKE CALLS or PLAY POKEMON GO! You must turn OFF all electronics before being seated on stage.
–DON’T STEAL ANYTHING! If there is something on your table when you sit down you may interact with it, but please do not take it off of the table (this includes your program)!
LET THE FUN BEGIN!
STEVE MARTIN (playwright) As an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and musician—Steve Martin is one of the most diversified performers and acclaimed artists of his generation.
Martin has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history—appearing in more than 50 films over the course of his career. With titles such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Parenthood, Father of the Bride and Cheaper by the Dozen franchises, Baby Mama and It’s Complicated, Martin’s films are the kind that are viewed again and again. Martin wrote the screenplays for some of his most celebrated films including The Jerk, Roxanne, Bowfinger, L.A. Story and Shopgirl.
Martin’s first film was a seven-minute short he wrote and starred in, The Absent-Minded Waiter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Short Film, Live Action in 1977.
Martin recently received The 43rd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s also received The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Honorary Award at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards. He has also hosted the Academy Awards® three times.
As an author, Martin has written several books including his most recent, An Object of Beauty which is being developed into a feature film. He has also written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, as well as plays including Picasso at the Lapin Agile, children’s books and an art collection book. Martin wrote his first memoir Born Standing Up in 2007. His work frequently appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Martin began his career as a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, for which he earned his first Emmy Award® for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety, or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, made appearances on HBO’s On Location and NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and became the first comedian to sell out an arena performance.
As one of the most celebrated comedians, Martin’s comedy album Let’s Get Small (1978) went platinum in the United States and won a Grammy® for Best Comedy Album. His second album, Wild and Crazy Guy, was a comedy album that featured his first music single “King Tut.” This album reached double platinum status in the U.S and earned Martin his second Grammy® Award for Best Comedy Album. Martin’s third comedy album, Comedy is Not Pretty, was nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Comedy Album in 1979.
Ever evolving his body of work Martin is also a Grammy® Award winning musician who found his love for the banjo at the age of 17. Martin originally used his passion for the banjo as part of his standup comedy routine, but in 2010, he released his first album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-Strong Banjo. Since then, Martin has played many prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Martin released his second full length bluegrass album Rare Bird Alert in 2011. The album featured 13 Martin-penned tracks as well as special guest vocal appearances by Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks. Additionally, Martin co-wrote two of the CD’s songs with the Grammy®-winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. That year, Martin won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Martin also created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass for those who exemplify outstanding bluegrass performance.
He most recently collaborated with Edie Brickell on the critically acclaimed album Love Has Come For You, which combines Martin’s five-string banjo work with Brickell’s vivid vocals. Martin and Brickell took home the Grammy® Award for “Best American Roots Song” for the song “Love Has Come For You,” off the album of the same name.
Martin and Brickell’s collaboration also inspired their new musical Bright Star which was staged last year at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego and recently presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Bright Star is heading to Broadway and will begin previews at The Cort Theatre on Feb. 25 prior to an official opening on March 24.
Born in Waco, TX, in 1945, Steve Martin was raised in Southern California and began working as a comedian and magician at area amusement parks, including The Magic Shop at Disneyland. Martin went on to Santa Ana College, and then earned his Theater Arts degree from UCLA.
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