Hidden Theatre of Minneapolis begins its fifth season Nov. 6 with the Minneapolis, MN premiere of Steve Martin's popular Picasso at the Lapin Agile, continuing through Dec. 13.
The Chicago and Off-Broadway hit is appearing in regional stagings all over the country this season, intriguing theatregoers who want to see what happens when former comedian Martin puts the young Pablo Picasso and the young Albert Einstein in a room with Elvis Presley.
"Lapin Agile" is a Paris cafe where they meet. It's French for "quick rabbit."
The non-Equity Hidden Theatre company began four years ago when acting, writing and directing graduates from Southern Methodist University's theatre department in Dallas followed instructor-playwright Paul Walsh, of Minneapolis' Theatre de la Jeune Lune, to the Twin Cities.
Hidden Theatre's artistic associate David Schulner told Playbill On-Line Nov. 5 that Jeune Lune offered the young troupe storage and rehearsal space and organizational advice. Mentor-playwright Walsh is now with American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. His commissioned adaptation of Hedda Gabler for Hidden was staged by the young troupe last season. "We've had a lot of help from some really incredible people," Schulner said. "Craig Lucas has become a major donor to the theatre company; he worked with us on Blue Window last season."
Hidden Theatre performs at the Minneapolis Theater Garage, 711 W. Franklin Ave. The company, whose focus is new or recent work and reinterpretations of classics, has two co-artistic directors and two artistic associates.
Also on the current season: Craig Lucas' Dying Gaul (pending rights) March; Iphigenia and Other Daughters by Ellen McLaughlin (June July), Rum and Vodka by Conor McPherson (August).
For tickets ($10-$16) call (612) 377-2616.
-- By Kenneth Jones