HHS Thespian Troupe Presents “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” and “The Grand Design”

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will present two productions, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Grand Design at the District 158 Performing Arts Center on May 1-4 at 7:00 p.m.

Set in the real-life Parisian cafe Le Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit), beloved watering hole to struggling artists and would-be geniuses, Picasso at the Lapin Agile wonders what if contemporaries Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein accidentally met while in their twenties, just before the infamous scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, whose egos are as big as their intellects, spar with the regulars and each other about art, science, inspiration, love, and the promise of the 20th century. Throw into this mix a selection of fascinating characters from the streets of Paris, and a time-traveling rock star with a penchant for blue suede shoes, and you’re in for a brilliant and witty evening in the theatre. Picasso at the Lapin Agile is written by Steve Martin, well known film actor and stand-up comic who has published a number of essays, stories, novels and plays.

Then, fast forward nearly 70 years to April 5, 1973. A scientist tries to come up with a new message about humanity to be sent into space aboard Pioneer 11 spacecraft while his mother walks across the United States. The Grand Design, written by Susan Miller, is a tender portrait of what it means to let go…

Both shows are directed by Christine DeFrancesco.

Performances will be held in the District 158 Performing Arts Center at Huntley High School on May 1-4 at 7pm. Tickets are $5 each, general seating, and can be purchased online at D158.Ticketleap.com or at the door one hour prior to show time.

For more information, please contact Lorie Woods, Director of District 158 Performing Arts Center at (847) 659-6107.

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