March 11, 2014

Teri Campbell
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College will present “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a play by actor and comedian, Steve Martin, about an imagined encounter between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in Paris in 1904.  Two evening performances are set for Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Logan’s O’Neil Auditorium.

“The play is based on the fact that Einstein and Picasso were both in Paris in 1904,” said Mike Seagle, associate professor of speech communication and theater at JALC, who is directing the production.  “That was right before Einstein published his theory of relativity and Picasso debuted his famous painting, ‘Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.’  This is Steve Martin’s comic take on what might have happened if the two men had met in a bar while in Paris.”

Seagle said he is pleased with the production.

“I’ve been doing plays at the college for 20 years,” Seagle said.  “I usually do dramas, but I decided to do a comedy this time and I’m really happy with it.  The acting, the set, and the costumes are all strong.  I think we’ve really grown over the years and I’m proud of the work we’re producing.”

The 11-member cast is anchored by Brandyn McGhee of West Frankfort, a theater technician at Logan, who plays Einstein, and Jared Shofstall of Carterville who plays Picasso.

“There are funny and interesting interactions among all the characters,” Seagle said.  “The play is funny and surreal, and the actors do a wonderful job.”

Seagle believes audiences will enjoy the show.

“I saw the play at the Fox Theater in St. Louis and wanted to bring it to the Logan stage,” he said.  “There are some adult themes in it so I’d give it a PG-13 rating.  It’s fun and light and very entertaining.”

In addition to the evening performances of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a matinee, also in O’Neil Auditorium, will be held on Friday, March 7, and begin at 10 a.m.  Tickets for the evening shows are $12 for general admission and $7 for JALC students.  Tickets for the matinee are $2 for the general public and free to Logan students and staff.

For more information about “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” or to order advance tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.