Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger


Sign Up: Email to sign up for one of the below dates.


Audition Date: Tuesday April 18th & Wednesday April 19th 

Time: 7:00pm 

(All actors are asked to arrive at 7pm on the date they sign up for. If you can not make it at 7pm, please inform us in your email) 

What to prepare: Readings will be from the script. Prior preparation is not required. A headshot and resume is appreciated. Click HERE for audition sides.

*Audition sides DO NOT need to be memorized. Copies will be provided at auditions. The link is just to help you be more comfortable in your audition. 

Performance Dates: June 9 - 24. Shows will be Thursday-Sunday. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm. Sunday performances will be at 7pm. (Show will close on a Saturday night)

Rehearsals: Will begin May 14th and will be Sunday-Thursdays. Typically 7pm-10pm, though Sundays will be a longer day based on conflicts. This is only a four week rehearsal period.

Pay: Blank Canvas Theatre dedicates 20% of the net profit to the cast of each show. The cast splits this evenly.

*There are no Equity contracts available for this show. 

Audition Location:  

Blank Canvas Theatre                                 

1305 78th Street, Suite 211 (at 78th Street Studios)                                 

Cleveland, OH 44102                                

(Click here for directions or visit our website at


The Story


Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a magical look into an imagined conversation between two minds that had a powerful impact on the shape of the 20th century and those lucky enough to have been there to witness it in a neighborhood bar in Paris in 1903.  It brings to life Einstein and Picasso, still in their early twenties, as they debate the meaning of art, the power of thought and the essence of everything. Einstein is still toiling in his job at the patent office but is looking for a publisher for his Theory of Relativity, and Picasso is on the verge of painting his revolutionary Les Demoiselles dAvignon.

Written by celebrated comedian and actor Steve Martin, this play is comical and deep, moving and sometimes absurdist, and a profound and rewarding journey for the audience.



Character Breakdown     

* The age range for each character is flexible and all ethnicities will be considered.

Freddy: (Male, 30s-40s) Owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile; everyman; seems simple but capable of great understanding; great non-verbal communicator; down to earth.

Gaston: (Male, 50’s-60’s) Connoisseur of women, now past his prime but still trying.  Humorous, wise and utterly French.  Prostate troubles.

Germaine:  (Female, 30’s-40’s) Waitress, Freddy’s long term girlfriend.  Worldly wise, smart, strong; not a glamorous lady, yet undeniably sensual.  Voluptuous, earthy and witty.

Albert Einstein: (Male, 20’s-30’s) The not-yet famous scientist, currently a patent clerk, approximately one year before publishing The Special Theory of Relativity.  Aware that he is always the smartest person in the room but wry not smug about it, vulnerable as any when it comes to looking for connection.

Suzanne/Countess/Female Admirer: (Female, 18-30) young in energy too, sexy, street savvy, but vulnerable to the artistic type and not nearly so knowing as she makes herself out to be; plays Countess and Female admirer as well so ability to create distinct characters necessary. The Countess:  Intellectual, noble; patron and love interest for Einstein. Female Admirer:  The ultimate fan girl, almost swooning with excitement.

Pablo Picasso: (Male, 20-30)  The Spanish painter in early form, swagger, assurance and sensitivity, a cocky and insecure artist, 3 years before he paints the work that some say launches cubism, easy way with words and women but a vulnerable side too

Sagot: (Male or Female, 30s-50s) Picasso’s art dealer – intellectual with no patience for fools, cutting but not contemptuous.

Charles Dabernow Schmendiman: (Male, 20s-30s) An up and coming business man; he thinks very highly of himself and his potential; Imagines that he is the next genius to define the new century, energetic and brashly over-assured

The Visitor (Elvis): (Male, 20’s-30’s) Soft southern dialect, effortless charm, aw shucks and humble sensitivity, everyone wishes they could be him or with him.


CLICK HERE to download audition sides.


 If you have any questions feel free to contact us at We look forward to seeing you at auditions!