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September 19, 2012

Blinn theatre season in Bryan covers works from ‘Picasso’ to ‘Shakespeare’

Season begins with Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ in October


Blinn College’s Bryan campus theatre department will kick off its third season Oct. 18 with “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” an absurdist comedy that kicks off a season spanning the globe from Paris to Denmark to the American countryside.

The 2012-13 season continues with “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell and “Copenhagen,” by Michael Frayn and concludes with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” All performances are free and open to the public in the Barbara Pearson Banquet Room, Building E Student Center (E-150, map). Curtain times are 7:30 p.m.

Each of the four plays will be accompanied by a noon lecture that Thursday in the Pearson Banquet Room.

“We have taken great care this season to vary the playwrights and the time periods in which these plays were written,” said Theatre Instructor Greg Wise. “We’re very excited to be doing Susan Glaspell’s work this winter and exposing our students to a variety of genres and time periods, and we’re excited about the opportunities for cross-curriculum study with plays that feature the worlds of science, art and literature.”

“Picasso” is a long-running off-Broadway absurdist comedy that places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a 1904 Parisian cafĂ©, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as the two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.

The play was written by former “Saturday Night Live” and “The Jerk” star Steve Martin. The 90-minute show will be directed by Theatre Instructor Jean Daniels and runs Oct. 18-20.
Dr. John Beaver, the Brazos campus dean of academic affairs, will present a corresponding noon lecture on Oct. 18 about Paris at the dawn of the 20th century.

In “Trifles,” which runs Nov. 29-Dec. 1, the wife of a strangled farmer is arrested, and as officers and neighbors search the old farmhouse for evidence, two women discover a slain canary and a broken cage. This evidence can prove the wife guilty, but by keeping her secret, the two women could free her.

The 15-minute play, also directed by Daniels, was first performed in 1916. Glaspell would become the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play “Alison’s House” in 1931.
On Nov. 29, Blinn English Instructors Becky Almany, Lea Williamson and Erin Hill and Forensics Instructor Dr. Adrienne Brundage will host a corresponding noon lecture on women who defy the law.

“Copenhagen,” which runs Feb. 28-March 2, tells the story of a 1941 meeting between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they are on opposite sides of World War II, and they meet in a situation fraught with danger in hopes of discovering why people act as they do.
Physics Instructor Grady Hendricks will host a corresponding noon lecture Feb. 28 about the men who helped create the first atomic bomb.

Blinn’s theatre season will conclude with “Shakespeare,” an irreverent and lightning-paced romp through the Bard’s entire canon of plays and sonnets in 90 minutes of high-speed, over-the-top hilarity. The show runs April 25-27.

On April 25, Anne Quackenbush, an assistant lecturer in theatre arts at Texas A&M University, will present a noon lecture on Shakespeare from the actor’s point of view.

For more information, visit, or contact Theatre Instructor Greg Wise at 979-209-7244 or