Popular Pioneer Playhouse actor Daniel Hall Kuhn is no stranger to Steve Martin’s comedy, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” Several years ago, he jumped into the director’s chair and the role of Picasso at the last minute, after the scheduled director decided not to travel to Kentucky.
This season, he’s back in the director’s chair for the the comedy. While finishing up “Dracula Bites” and working on “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” Kuhn took time to answer a few questions about the show.
A-M: What is “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” about?
DHK: The play is about a chance meeting between Picasso and Einstein in a French bar/cabaret where they explore, along with some local and visiting bar customers, the definition of art and science, and how they shaped the 20th century. There is a (television show) “Cheers”-like atmosphere as the regulars and newcomers share their unique insights and stories, delivering laugh after laugh in true Steve Martin form.
A-M: Who are the key players (roles) in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”?
DHK: Picasso, Einstein and a hip swiveling visitor from the future who sings songs about love.
A-M: What is the central theme of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”?
DHK: The power and definition of true inspiration. The potential of a single idea and how it can shape the world.
A-M: As a director, what do you like about the play?
DHK: It’s very intelligent and funny at the same time. It’s like the old cartoons that had a little something for everyone. I think this type of blend of humor, fantasy and reality makes for great theater.
A-M: How has directing this play challenged you?
DHK: One of the biggest challenges with this play is making a room of people sitting around talking visually engaging while not detracting from the dialogue. We have definitely been successful with this as the actors fill the room with movement and energy, while filling the theater with laughs.
A-M: If someone asked you, “Why should I see Picasso at the Lapine Agile?” what would you say?
DHK: It’s too much fun not to.
IF YOU GO
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
June 26-July 7
Showtime: 8:30 p.m.; $16
Dinner and show: 7:30 p.m.; $28
Information: (859) 236-2747