'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'

Mark Van Leuven (Einstein) and Chuck Morris (Gaston) rehearse a scene from the upcoming RLT production of ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ which opens Jan. 19

Rome Little Theatre kicks off 2018 with an absurd comedy written by Steve Martin.

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” opens Jan. 19 at the Historic Desoto Theater and will run through Jan. 28. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The comedy takes place in Le Lapin Agile, a bar in Paris at the turn of the century in 1904. One year later, Albert Einstein, played by Mark Van Leuven, publishes his Theory of Relativity. Three years later, Pablo Picasso, played by Eliot Rutledge, paints his famous “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.”

Audiences will meet a slew of wildly entertaining characters that keep the laughter rolling and bring the entire ensemble together. Freddy (Jeff Beard) is the owner and bartender of Le Lapin Agile and surprises audiences with his moments of pure brilliance. His girlfriend, Germaine (Nancy Dobbs), Suzanne (Julie McCluskey) and The Countess (Mary Walker), bring femininity and wit to the play. These women dream of what the 20th Century will be like, and they also dream of the men who inspire it.

While love triangles ensue throughout the play, audiences meet the crude Gaston (Chuck Morris) and Sagot (Jackson Williamson), Picasso’s art dealer.

Schmendiman (Jim Nobodie) is a young inventor with big dreams and little knowledge, yet he has stolen the heart of a Young Admirer (Rylee Barfield). And this outlandish play wouldn’t be complete without the time-traveling King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ is directed by Gail Deschamps and produced by Tim Dorsey.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $12 for children. Tickets can be purchased online at romelittletheatre.com or by calling the Rome Little Theatre box office at 706-295- 7171. Tickets prices do not include tax or processing fees.

This production is rated PG-13 for language and sexual content. It may not be suitable for young viewers.

There will be a Paint ‘n Sip event hosted by Studio Siri at the DeSoto Theatre on Jan. 13 from 3-5 p.m. as a fundraiser for the show. The paintings will be Picasso themed and the price will include alcoholic beverages for adults and hot chocolate for kids. Paint ‘n Sip tickets are $40 and are available online at www.studiosiri.com.