Welcome to the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley website!

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

By Steve Martin
Directed by Anna Andersen
Friday and Saturday at 8PM
October 4 to 26, 2013
Sunday matinees Oct. 13th and 20th at 2 p.m.


Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a play written by Steve Martin in 1993. It features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmartre, Paris.

Picasso and Einstein, each in the flowering of their youth and on the cusp of a great idea, have a chance encounter at a bar, the Lapin Agile, in Paris in 1904. Encountering a host of other characters, the two leading lights of the coming century must deal not only with their own brilliance and idiosyncrasies, but with the unexpected talents brought to the party by a mysterious Visitor. Comic genius Steve Martin’s play delights with big ideas and big laughs – coming to Live Oak this Fall!

Directed by Anna Andersen, recent transplant from Los Angeles - where she directed and performed professionally, as well as writing and directing a Shakespeare-themed educational program for Los Angeles-area schools. In recent years she has directed a number of Staged Readings for Actors Ensemble ("Fortinbras", "Enrico IV") as well as for Subterranean Shakespeare. Set design by Norm de Veyra, fresh off a great success for Masquer's production of "Galileo's Daughters", as well as numerous set designs for Actors Ensemble ("Dr. Faustus", "Richard III"). Featuring the talents of Nick Dickson as Einstein andVince Faso as Picasso, veteran Bay Area talents who recently brought the house down for our production of "Noises Off", as well as familar AE faces Bill Chessman ("Communicating Doors"), Stefin Collins ("A Hot Day in Ephesus"),Meira Perelstein ("A Hot Day in Ephesus", "The Matchmaker"), Joel Jacobs("Rock n Roll") and Doug Boyd, and newcomer Hillary Hesse. Costume Design by Paula Dodd Aiello and Lighting Design by Nathan Bogner.

WHAT: PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE by Steve Martin, directed by Anna Andersen

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 4th-26th at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees Oct. 13th and 20th at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave (at Berryman), Berkeley, CA 94709

TICKETS: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors.

HOW TO BUY: online at www.aeofberkeley.org or Cash or Check only at the door. For purchase at the door, reservations at 510-649-5999.

OTHER: Wheelchair accessible - use the north entrance (other side of the building from the Rec Center entrance). Box office/Will Call opens 1/2 hour before the start of the show.

  • Description: Picasso at the Lapin Agile
  • Description: Picasso at the Lapin Agile
  • Description: Picasso at the Lapin Agile
  • Description: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Actors Ensemble Facebook Group

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley - P.O. Box 663 - Berkeley - California - 94701 ¦ Our Answering Service: (510) 649-5999 ¦

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID #946139640, since 04-1967