Shep­aug Dra­mat­ics to stage ‘Pi­casso at the Lapin Ag­ile’

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

WASH­ING­TON —The comedic ge­nius of Steve Mar­tin takes cen­ter stage at Shep­aug Val­ley School for a dra­matic pro­duc­tion of “Pi­casso at the Lapin Ag­ile,” open­ing Dec. 14.

Set in early 20th cen­tury Paris, the ninety-minute play fea­tures an en­sem­ble cast of eleven stu­dents from Wash­ing­ton, Roxbury, Bridge­wa­ter, and Sher­man, and the com­bined ef­forts of a tal­ented, stu­den­tled crew of builders, de­sign­ers, and artists. Show times are Fri­day, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m, Satur­day, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m, and Sun­day, Dec. 16 at p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $10 for adults, $5 for stu­dents and se­niors and tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door or by call­ing 860-717-2444.

Blend­ing the wit of Steve Mar­tin with the ec­cen­tric ideas of its cen­tral char­ac­ters Al­berta Ein­stein and Pablo Pi­casso, the pro­duc­tion asks its view­ers to con­tem­plate the ori­gins of ge­nius and the im­pact of one’s le­gacy, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease. Stu­dents have been work­ing for five weeks un­der the dra­matic and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tion of Tim DeRosa, a Shep­aug 2001 grad­u­ate and for­mer mem­ber of Shep­aug Dra­mat­ics. DeRosa has worked with Shep­aug stu­dents in a va­ri­ety of the­atri­cal pur­suits in re­cent years.

“I can’t wait for the au­di­ence to join us at the Lapin Ag­ile for an evening of art, science, com­edy, and brie,” said the di­rec­tor about the in­ti­mate the­atre pro­duc­tion.

The stag­ing fea­tures an ar­ray of vi­brant pe­riod char­ac­ters as well as a time-trav­el­ing vis­i­tor from the fu­ture. Com­bin­ing Mar­tin’s com­edy with the philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions raised by its char­ac­ters, the show is a lively and ex­cit­ing vi­sion into the minds of its cen­tral fig­ures as they are be­gin­ning to re­al­ize their cre­ative and sci­en­tific ge­nius, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“Pi­casso at the Lapin Ag­ile” is pre­sented through spe­cial ar­range­ment with Sa­muel French. Shep­aug Val­ley School is lo­cated at 159 South Street, Wash­ing­ton.

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