Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Written by Steve Martin
Showdates: March 31 - April 9, 2017
This fast-paced absurdist comedy, by the legendary comedian Steve Martin, places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before Einstein transformed physics with his theory of relativity and Picasso set the art world on fire with cubism. The two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as debate on the nature and importance of art and science, before being visited by a third genius from the future.
Performance run time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Performances held at the Harper Studio Theatre, 3700 Alumni Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508
Logan Harrison as Freddy
Dr. Brian Cook as Gaston
Angela Colavecchio as Germaine
Taran Haynes as Albert Einstein
Alexandra McCall as Suzanne
Lisa Marie Castro as Sagot
Jacob Mayforth as Pablo Picasso
Joshuah Rutten as Charles Dabernow Schmendiman
Devan Hawkins as Countess
Alexandra McCall as Admirer
Jake Beauvais as Visitor
Jake Beauvais (Visitor) is a theatre major with a performance emphasis at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has been in department productions such as 44 Plays for 44 Presidents as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and others, as well as appearing as Orpheus in Eurydice. He has also appeared in Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of Bus Stop as Bo Decker. He was last seen in UAA’s production of Stalking the Bogeyman as the swing for both David and The Bogeyman. Jake is also a founding member of UAA’s resident improv troupe, The Ad-lib Alchemists.
Lisa-Marie Castro (Sagot) is a senior Theatre Major and German Minor and works as a Costume Shop Assistant at UAA. She is excited to be working with Ty for a second time and also the cast and crew. Her past roles include Vera Claythorne in And Then There Were None, The Dauphin in Marie Antoinette, Comrade Chin in M. Butterfly, and several others. LisaMarie is graduating this semester and plans on moving in a year or two for outside opportunities in theatre/film. When she is not onstage or sewing costumes, LisaMarie enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Kevin, and her cat, Couscous.
Angela Colavecchio (Germaine) is a sophomore theatre major at University of Alaska Anchorage. Her bloodstream is approximately 99% pasta. When Angie isn’t performing she is working as a nanny and an office assistant. She has done 5 shows at UAA including Working and And Then There Were None. Angie’s claim to fame is that she has eaten an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting without actually being sad. When Angie grows up, she wants to open a children’s theatre or be a princess... either one would be fine.
Logan Harrison (Freddy) was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He is a Jr. in the Journalism and Public Communications department at UAA. He writes often, usually switching between plays, short stories, or his book, which he has been working on for years and has somehow managed to yet reach page 10. Originally a theatre major, he has not worked on a stage production in three years, but, after reading Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he found the play too funny to turn down. He gave new meaning to character research in his preparations. He spent hours in his kitchen dirtying dishes just so he could practice polishing them. He frequented bars until everybody knew his name, and always outstayed his welcome. He has been 87th, 88th, and 89th, all for the sake of art. He would like to dedicate his performances to left-handed grandmothers everywhere, but specifically his own.
Devan Hawkins (Countess) is extremely proud to be joining fellow thespians in UAA’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Devan is new to professional theatre, but hopes to strengthen her ability as an actress with every role she takes on. Devan is known for her roles as Mrs. Rogers in And Then There Were None and Beline in The Imaginary Invalid. She is originally from Nebraska and is attending the University of Alaska-Anchorage to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Although she is a bit green when it comes to theatre, she has an extensive background from her high school days as a state champion in Dramatic Interpretation. She is an avid musical buff and loves to sing and dance (despite lacking the ability to do either). Hawkins wishes to thank her mom, Katie, for loving and supporting her and allowing her to chase her dream. She also wants to shine a light on the wonderful theatre department at UAA, she believes that her acting has improved greatly since being around such welcoming, talented individuals.
Taran Haynes (Einstein) a Theatre Major at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has enjoyed his most recent role as Phillip Lombard in And Then There Were None. Taran is eager to learn and has taken every opportunity to expand his experience in the theatre. This drive has earned him several roles at UAA, such as the Dramaturg in Stalking the Bogeyman, a major role and Assistant Director in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Tom Sawyer from Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Not-Dead-Fred from Spamalot. He has also played roles in Anchorage community theatre circles, such as the Apostle Andrew in the Theater Artists United production of Jesus Christ Superstar and as Anthony in the Synesthesia Artist Collectives’ production of The House of Yes.
Jacob Mayforth (Picasso) is a long time actor with a great passion for music and the arts. He has worked with Ty Hewitt before in last year’s production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. His other roles include Guildenstern from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Feste the Jester from Twelfth Night, and Kenickie from Grease.
Alexandra McCall (Suzanne and Admirer)is a theatre student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In the past few years, she has appeared as Viola in Twelfth Night (2014), various characters, including Presidents Taft and Eisenhower, in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (2015), Lamballe in Marie Antoinette (2015), and Sharon Atkins and ensemble in the musical Working (2017). Alexandra has also appeared in student directed scenes, playing Eli in Let the Right One In, and, more recently, played the Wench in A Bully There Be for UAA’s Theatre for Young Audiences Tour.
Joshuah Rutten (Schmendiman) is a Senior+ Theatre student at UAA. He has only been in the Theatre Department 2 years but has left a “Shattering” impact on the department. Joshuah has always love Game Shows as a child and has wanted to host The Price Is Right and still holds that as one of his goals today. Outside of the department Joshuah dedicates his time to his job as a Design Studio Tech and in the community as a Pokémon Professor/Judge. After college Joshuah plans to move back to his birth city of San Antonio, Texas where he will continue working in Theatre and work towards his acting goals.
Dr. Brian Cook (Gaston) is assistant professor of theatre at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Last season for UAA, he directed 44 Plays for 44 Presidents and Stalking the Bogeyman. He previously taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he directed several productions, including Nickel and Dimed and An Inspector Calls. His research focuses on contemporary British theatre, particularly on the work of the Cherub Company in the United Kingdom and abroad between 1978 and 2003, and he has presented at conferences in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. His work has been published in Theatre History Studies, Theatre Survey, and Performing Arts Resources. He previously ran the untitled Theatre Company which toured a short play dealing with interpersonal violence to schools and volunteer organizations, and he has worked at professional theatres in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, Florida, and the U.K. He received his PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon, and his MA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College, London.
Director, Ty Hewitt
Scenic Designer, Daniel Glen Carlgren
Costume Designer, Colleen Alexis Metzger
Lighting Designer, Jordan Crenshaw
Sound Designer, Lily Werts
Props Designer, Nikki Adams
Scenic Artist, Daniel Glen Carlgren
Dance Choreography, Kathryn O’ Loughlin
Stage Manager, Mary Alley
Ty Hewitt was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, and has worked as an actor, director, teacher and fight choreographer for productions in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. Theatre credits include Profile Theatre’s (Portland, OR) Sam Shepard season, playing Vince in Buried Child, the Speaker in Tongues and as a guest lecturer on the nature of violence in Shepard’s plays. Other Portland theatre credits include The Scene at Portland Playhouse and On The Table with the Sojourn Theatre. Ty performed in deCOMPOSITION, a theatre piece he co-wrote, in Seattle and NYC. New York credits include Opus D’Amour at Theatre Lab, Babel Tower with Round Table Ensemble and Orsino in Aquila which Theatre’s Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center. Ty has a BFA from Southern Oregon University and an MFA from UMKC.
Daniel Glen Carlgren (Scenic Designer and Technical Director) is currently the faculty scenic designer, projection designer, and technical director at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He received his BFA from Southern Oregon University in 2001 and his MFA from University of Oregon in 2012. Daniel’s recent credits include scenic and projection design, and technical direction for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Night of the Iguana, SPAMalot, Twelfth Night, and many others. Daniel has also worked on the automation for Julie Taymor’s Grendal and Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the Los Angeles Opera and Disney’s Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Daniel has worked as a scenery, staging and rigging specialist in the entertainment industry for many years.
Colleen Alexis Metzger is a costume designer and technician whose work has taken her across the country. She has worked for the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, the Glimmerglass Opera in New York, The Barter Theatre in Virginia, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Chautauqua Opera in New York, Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Portland Stage Company in Maine, and most recently, Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Jordan Crenshaw (Lighting Designer) is a Theatre major at the University of Alaska Anchorage, performing in several shows such as 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and the musical Working, as Lovin’ Al and Conrad. He has also directed, stage managed, and light designed for the last three years. This is Jordan’s first light design for UAA mainstage production. He would sincerely like to thank his family and friends for all their support in reaching his dreams.
Lily Werts (Sound Designer) is a senior Sociology major at UAA and secretary of Wolfpack Theatre Club. She fell in love with theatre in 2015 and, since then, has acted, designed sound, and written plays. In 2016, Lily received the KCACTF meritorious achievement award for her co-sound design of Stalking the Bogeyman. Recently, her ten minute play was accepted to the Last Frontier Theatre Conference’s 2017 Play Lab. When she’s not haunting the arts building, Lily enjoys playing board games and watching cat videos. She would like to give special thanks to Dan Anteau for giving her the courage to try and to the theatre department for providing opportunities. Enjoy Picasso at the Lapin Agile!
Nikki Adams (Props Master), a born and raised Alaskan, is in her last semester at University of Alaska Anchorage where she is majoring in Theatre with a focus in design and technical theatre. She is very excited to close out her academic career as props master for Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Nikki’s past technical credits include scenic artistry for UAA’s Marie Antoinette and 44 Plays for 44 Presidents as well as props master for UAA’s productions of William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Twelfth Night, or What You Will, and M. Butterfly.
Mary Alley (Stage manager) is an Anchorage born actor, stage manager, light designer, and student. She will graduate this December with a Bachelor’s in Theatre with an emphasis in performance. Her ASM or SM positions include Stephan Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, Joe DiPietro’s Over the River, and Stalking the Bogeyman by Markus Potter and David Holthouse. Stage managing Picasso at the Lapin Agile has been a great learning experience, and she hopes to continue training in stage management, or directing, or acting, or the art of making up her mind. Her ultimate dream is to create a theatre company that focuses on social justice theatre for and by anyone who identifies as a “misfit” in society.
Production Manager: Daniel J. Anteau
Technical Director: Daniel Glen Carlgren
Assistant Technical Director: b
Scene Shop Supervisor: Henry Coleman
Scene Shop Assistants: Meghan Stanford, Myranda Bailey, Nikki Adams, Casey Eichhorn, Adi Davis
Master Carpenter: Myranda Bailey
Scenic Carpenters: Students enrolled in THR A141, A295, & A495
Scenic Painters: Students enrolled in THR A491
Prop Master: Nikki Adams
Costume Shop Supervisor: Kaie Promish
Costume Shop Assistants: LisaMarie Castro, Jane Lee
Stitchers: Kayla Gonzalez, Matthew Meyer, Sydney Burns, Karoline Gregory, Lee Piltz
Costume Crafts: Zoe Ellis
Wardrobe: Stephanie Brenner, Kayla Gonzales, Kaeli Meno, Becca Padrick, Megan Schnese
Lighting and Sound Advisor: Daniel J. Anteau
Sound Crew: Katie O’Loughlin
Lighting Crew: James Kendall, James Branstetter, Henry Schildback, Katie O’Loughlin, Aurora Hoefferle, Meghan Standford, Henry Coleman, Elizabeth Englund
Pianist: Paul Rios
Assistant Stage Manager: Paitton Reid
Assistant Director & Dramaturg: Jake Beauvais
Publicist/Media: Kathleen Behnke
Additional Publicity: Nova Cunningham
Event Support Assistants: Mike Vanni, James Webb, Paitton Reid, Eric Bleicher, Alina Markina, Austin Rochon, Kala Romero
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Picasso at the Lapin Agile is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.