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Stages at CCC Presenting Steve Martin's 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'


Just how similar are the creative processes behind masterpieces of art and innovations of science? Stages at Camden County College will explore that question in a lighthearted way through its fall production of Steve Martin’s sparklingly witty comedy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”


“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” begins as so many jokes do: when two guys walk into a bar. In this case, though, the two guys are Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. The year is 1904, and both are on the verge of producing masterworks – Picasso his painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and Einstein his Special Theory of Relativity. Wine flows, jokes fly, and the ideas of talent and genius are debated.


Performances of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” will be given at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 in The Little Theatre. The venue is located inside Lincoln Hall on the College’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.


Directing the production is Professor Marjorie Sokoloff of Pitman. Stage manager is Michael Walker of Trenton, assistant stage manager is Sadie Mawson of Belmar. Scenic design/technical design is by Don Swenson of Pitman, with assistance from Tim Pianka of Williamstown. Lighting design is by John Curall of Philadelphia, and costume design is by Melissa Rittmann of Lawrenceville.


Starring as “Picasso” and “Einstein,” respectively, are Tim Rinehart of Cherry Hill and James Collins of Sicklerville. Performing as well as serving behind the scenes are Swenson, who plays “Freddy,” and Rittman, who portrays “Suzanne,” “Countess” and “Female Admirer.” Completing the cast are Rick Bravo of Blackwood, Sean Casey of Audubon, Liz Rodriquez of Cherry Hill, Matthew Weil of Lindenwold and Eli Wood of Blackwood.


Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, senior citizens and CCC students, faculty and staff with valid identification. A special rate of $8 is available for individual members of groups totaling 20 or more.


To reserve tickets or for additional information about the production, contact Stages at Camden County College by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4737, or via e-mail at


A book drive to support the Gahini Library Project is being held in conjunction with this production in cooperation with the College’s English as a Second Language Department. The aim is to help stock one of Rwanda’s first public libraries with English-language books through donations. To participate, play attendees may bring books of any kind that are in good condition to any performance.

Published: October 14, 2011