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April 18, 1997

Science + art = comedy in ISU Theatre production

Albert Einstein meets Pablo Picasso in a Second Stage presentation by ISU Theatre. Picasso at the Lapin Agile was written by comedian/actor Steve Martin and has been a hit Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre and at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. It plays April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. in Fisher Theater.

In Martin's story, a 25-year-old Einstein wanders into a small, dingy Paris bar, the Lapin Agile, in 1904. He is waiting for a friend, but during the evening he meets the 23- year-old Picasso. A second, mysterious visitor from the future adds to the comic mix.

ISU Theatre veteran and senior Mark Sutch directs the production. Sutch, who recently was Polonius in Hamlet and directed Down the Road last season, has been accepted to study for a master's degree in directing at the Trinity Repertory Theatre Conservatory, Providence, R.I. The theater accepts only two students each year for its three-year directing program.

The play features Dan Fairall as Einstein and Josh Bryner as Picasso. Doris Nash, ISU Theatre's costume shop supervisor, designed the costumes. Junior Jared Bals designed the sets and junior Ray Steveson is the lighting director.

Tickets for Picasso at the Lapin Agile cost $4.75, with discounts for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office, TicketMaster outlets or at the door.

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