Two wild and crazy guys

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Bluegrass Theatre Guild (BTG) opens its 2006 season with a dinner theater production, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Comedian Steve Martin wrote the award-winning play. Performance dates are March 9-12 at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza.

Production dates are March 9,10,11 with dinner at 6:30 (cash bar opens at 6) and curtain at 8. On March 12 dinner will be at 1 with curtain at 2:30. A limited number of tickets are available at $25. per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To make reservations, call 502-875-4579.

This extremely successful adult comedy unites Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian Caf in 1904 where they lock wits about art, girls and the future. Martins play, Winner of the New York Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, portrays the duo as two wild and crazy guys whose charm is proportionate to their talent.

The play, thick with Martins wry humor and love of the absurd, is a humorous look through the eyes of two of the 20th centurys greatest minds and several not so great. Patrons of the Lapin Agile (a real caf in Paris) are a forgotten lover of Picasso, the flamboyant art impresario and a pompous inventor.

Other colorful characters are the philosopher, Picasso female groupies, the caf proprietor and the wise barmaid who frequently routes everyone back to the real world. As the evening progresses, the space/time/culture continuum ruptures and they are joined by a figure from the future that seems to be well, youll just have to see the show!

Ryan Hogan Wright, a senior at Franklin County High School fills the role of Picasso. Wright, who began acting a few years ago, finds time to act and play several instruments with 13 bands.

Michael Bomford, a Canadian who moved to Frankfort in 2004 to work with KSU, portrays Albert Einstein. In his native British Columbia, Bomford appeared in several productions. This marks his return to the stage after a 17-year absence.

Rick Haydon, John Rodgers and Monica Miemi, all of Frankfort, join Wright and Bomford. Haydon, an employee of the Transportation Cabinet, is a veteran of many BTG productions. Rodgers is a Frankfort resident who has been active in the arts community but this is his first appearance with BTG. Miemi, a senior at Indiana University, appeared in BTGs Disneys Beauty and the Beast last summer.

Other members of the cast include Alex Parrish of Georgetown and Todd Preston, an engineering student at the University of Kentucky. Parrish and Preston were also involved with the BTG production of Disneys Beauty and the Beast.

Completing the cast are Nan Winter, Mary Anne Matthews, and Dick Cole. Winter describes herself as the everyday housewife and has just recently returned to the stage. Matthews, an elementary school librarian in Anderson County, is no stranger to the stage but this is her first performance with BTG. Cole resides in Versailles and has performed frequently at the Falling Springs Theatre in Woodford County. He is making his second appearance with BTG.

Director Kiersten Moore, producer Ron Johnson and stage manager Lisa Welch bring this diverse cast together.

Moore, a Frankfort resident since 2004, has extensive theatre experiences with Actors Guild of Lexington, Kentucky Repertory Theatre and Lexington Childrens Theatre where she presently serves as resident scenic and lighting designer.

Johnson is no stranger to Frankfort theatregoers. He has been involved in numerous projects as an actor, director or any other task necessary for The BTG.

Lapin Agile is Welchs first opportunity as stage manager but she has filled roles in all aspects of the theatre with BTG in the past. Welch has called Frankfort home for 10 years.

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