Auditions Nov. 6 & 8 for PICASSO …

Auditions for February 2018 show:
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
by Steve Martin

Director: Eileen Corcoran

Auditions, Nov 6 & 8
Town Hall Theater

68 South Pleasant Street, Middlebury

Monday, November 6
(upstairs in the theater)
Wednesday, November 8
(downstairs in the studio)

Both nights: 6:30 registration,
auditions begin at 7:00pm

Come either day, not both.

Winner! 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play

This long-running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

In his first comedy for the stage, Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects, as well as other fanciful topics, with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’s agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic singer, time warped in from a later era.

Auditions will consist of cold readings of brief scenes from the script. Scenes do not have to be memorized, but a feeling for the character should come through. If interested but unable to make audition dates, an alternate date can be arranged.

Any questions, please contact director Eileen Corcoran at

Perusal scripts are available at the Town Hall Theater Box Office, 802-382-9222. Rehearsals will begin immediately (2-3 times per week, generally Sunday afternoons & Thursday evenings), with a read-through planned for Nov. 12.

Tech week starts Sunday, February 4. There will be four performances, Thursday-Saturday evenings, February 8-10, and Sunday matinee, February 11, 2018, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.


Freddy: Owner/bartender of the Lapin Agile. He is a dreamer and supporter of the arts. Loves a good discussion/debate. Has been Germaine’s boyfriend for a number of years, yet has not asked her to marry him. (Age: 30-50)
Gaston: Connoisseur of woman, now past his prime but still trying. Humorous, wise and utterly French. (Age: 60+)
Germaine: Waitress, Freddy’s long-term girlfriend. Worldly wise, smart, strong; not a glamorous lady, yet undeniably sensual. Voluptuous, earthy and witty. (Age: 30s-40s)
Albert Einstein: The not-yet famous scientist, currently a patent clerk, approximately one year before publishing The Special Theory of Relativity. Has the energy and excitement of someone about to prove himself. (Age: 25-35)
Suzanne: Young French beauty that has been a lover/inspiration of late to Picasso. Thinks she is far more worldly than she really is, however, she is not entirely naive nor is she unintelligent.
(Age: 20s)
Sagot: Picasso’s art dealer, warm, funny if a bit blunt. He/She has an intuitive sense of what will sell and what won’t. Negotiates art sales with killer precision, but is not without a heart. (Age: 30s-60s)
Pablo Picasso: The painter, currently in the midst of his portraiture and “Blue” phase. He hungers for success as an artist, hasn’t quite broken through; at the point that the play takes place, he is approximately three years away from creating Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. (Age: 25-35)
Charles Dabernow Schmendiman: An up-and-coming business man; he thinks very highly of himself and his potential, obnoxiously unscrupulous and a braggart. (Age: 20s-40s)
The Countess: Intellectual, noble; patron and love interest for Einstein. Has bright red hair. (Age: 20s-40s)
A Visitor: A gentleman from another time, who offers a glimpse into dealing with stardom, proper treatment of ladies, and bringing a certain swagger to the room. (Age: 25-40)
Female Admirer: The ultimate fan girl, almost swooning with excitement. Could be doubled with the Countess. (Age: 20s)

Picasso at the Lapin Agile is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.