Stellar Cast of Stage, Television, and Film Veterans will fill the stage for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

A comedy hit written by Steve Martin.
Performances Run February 4 – March 12, 2017 at The Old globe
Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (seated, center) with the cast of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by Steve Martin, directed by Edelstein, running February 4 - March 12, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Philipe Bowgen is Pablo Picasso
The Old Globe announced the complete cast and creative team for its revival of Steve Martin’s clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This is the third Martin work in three seasons at the Globe, following 2014’s world premiere musical Bright Star, which went on to Broadway and five Tony Award nominations, and last year’s twice-extended world premiere comedy Meteor Shower. Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will direct, continuing the pair’s long creative relationship that started in the 1990s with WASP and Other Plays and The Underpants. Picasso at the Lapin Agile will play February 4 – March 12, 2017, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run February 4 – 8. Opening night is Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now to the general public.

Paris, 1904: The Lapin Agile, beloved watering hole to struggling artists and would-be geniuses, welcomes two soon-to-be legends for one extraordinary night. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, whose egos are as big as their intellects, spar with the regulars and each other about art, science, inspiration, love, and the promise of the 20th century. Throw into this mix a mysterious visitor with a penchant for blue suede shoes, and you’re in for a brilliant and witty evening in the theatre.

Don Faison is Freddy
The stellar cast will include Philippe Bowgen (world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s War, Off Broadway’s The Changeling) as Pablo Picasso; Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk on “Scrubs,” “The Exes,” Clueless) as Freddy; Kevin Hafso-Koppman (Globe’s Macbeth and Love’s Labor’s Lost, current student of the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program) as Visitor; Liza Lapira (“Dollhouse,” “Dexter,” “Huff”) as Suzanne, Female Admirer, and Countess; Hal Linden (Globe’s The Twenty-seventh Man, “Barney Miller,” Tony and three-time Emmy Award winner) as Gaston; Justin Long (Dodgeball, He’s Just Not That Into You, “New Girl,” “Ed”) as Albert Einstein; Ron Orbach (Globe’s The Twenty-seventh Man, Clueless, Broadway’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Chicago) as Sagot; Marcel Spears (title role in Othello and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Classic Stage Company) as Charles Dabernow Schmendiman; and Luna Vélez (“How to Get Away with Murder,” “Dexter,” Broadway’s Into the Woods) as Germaine.

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Katherine Roth (Costume Design), Russell H. Champa (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Original Music and Sound Design), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).
Kevin Hafso-Hoffman is Visitor

“I’m thrilled to welcome Steve Martin back to the Globe for the third time in as many years,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, who will direct the production. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a smart and hilarious play that asks serious questions about art, science, and genius while it cracks goofy jokes about history, romance, and how to bake a pie in the shape of the letter e. A star-studded and brilliant cast comes to San Diego to ring in 2017 with laughter, and I cannot wait for our audience to see the fun and surprises we have in store.”

There will be several surrounding events along the run for this wonderful show. Below are just some of them. Even more will be announced soon!

·         BEHIND THE LEGENDS: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.

Liza Lapira is
Suzanne, Female Admirer, Countess
Get to know Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in a whole new way! Join the leaders of Balboa Park’s preeminent arts and science organizations to explore the connections between these iconic figures of the early 20th century. Roxana Velasquez (Maruja Baldwin Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art) and Dr. Steven Snyder (Chief Executive Officer of the Fleet Science Center) will provide brief introductions to the lives and works of Picasso and Einstein. They will then participate in a joint question-and-answer session to explore the points of connection between these two great revolutionary minds. FREE at The Old Globe and open to the public.

·         BRUSHES AND BEAKERS: Wednesday, March 8.
In conjunction with the Fleet Science Center, this fun event will partner a scientist and a painting instructor to help people create science-inspired art. Further details to come.

Hal Linden is Gaston
An artistic variant on the popular community program by the Fleet Science Center, Two Scientists Walk into a Bar—where local scientists join folks for a beer and good conversation in a local bar—gets a special twist when an artist is added to the mix! Join them, and ask them anything you want! For this special edition, the Fleet is partnering with the San Diego Art Institute, with some of the artists and scientists drawn from SDAI’s May exhibition, Extra-Ordinary Collusion: Art & Science Collaboration. Further details to come.

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
An opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing experience. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE.

Justin Long is Albert Einstein
·         SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, February 11, 2017, following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.
Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians, and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play’s concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! FREE.

·         POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, February 14 and 21, and Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. FREE.

Ron Orbach is Sagot
SINGLE TICKETS to Picasso at the Lapin Agile start at $29 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more. Performances begin on Saturday, February 4 and continue through March 12, 2017. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, March 4.

Marcel Spears is
Charles Dabernow Schmendiman
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Luna Vélez is Germaine

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Steve Martin
Steve Martin (Playwright) began his career on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967–1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Mr. Martin shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” His films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999). As an author, Mr. Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty; the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile; a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel; a bestselling novella, Shopgirl; and his memoir, Born Standing Up. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker. Mr. Martin is an accomplished, Grammy Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer who has won three Grammy's for performing and composing. He has earned numerous honors including an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Prize, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Mr. Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star premiered at The Old Globe in 2014, played a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center, and received acclaim in its Broadway run at the Cort Theatre. In addition to five Tony Award nominations, Bright Star received Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score. Mr. Martin’s Meteor Shower made its world premiere at the Globe in 2016.

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