This long running Off-Broadway absurdest comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso' agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso's date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.

           Directed By                Mario Rodriguez-                      Alvarado

           Directed By                Mario Rodriguez-                      Alvarado

Moises Arreola (Pablo Picasso)

            Moises joined the Playhouse family in the summer, as Trotter in “The Mousetrap” and he is already on his third show here. Past productions include shows in high school and at EPCC. He is excited to be a part of the growing Playhouse family and is looking forward to many more roles coming his way. He is currently studying theatre at EPCC. 

Dom Valdespino (Albert Einstein)

            Dominic Luis Valdespino (born March 14, 1996) and known professionally as Dom Valdespino, is an American actor and artist. He has performed in leading and supporting roles in a variety of plays and short films, ranging from period dramas to Hispanic comedy and musicals. He may or may not be an ancient alien bent on bringing down the human government as a whole.

Kaylan Brett (Germaine)

Kaylan is an East Coast native who's been stationed all over the country with her husband, a Company Commander with the 1st Armored Division.  She graduated from Boston University in 2007 and has appeared in the student-centered soap opera Bay State as Callie Peyser, the Manhattan KS Arts Center production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hermia and a LondonTV short advising American tourists not to get into unmarked vehicles claiming to be cabs, an issue that remains near and dear to her heart.  Special thanks to her son Gabriel, 3, and daughter Lucia, 2, for giving her a few minutes of peace each day in which to memorize her lines.

Jacob Rodriguez (Freddy)

            Jacob is happy to be returning to the stage after a five year hiatus. He is a theatre educator at El Dorado High School, where he spends his time directing shows and hoping to open the eyes of young adults to the magic of theatre. He received his BFA from Emerson College and teaching certificate from UTEP. He would like to thank Mario for the opportunity to be in this show with such talented and wonderful people

Christine Ambriz (Suzanne)

            Christine has worked as an actor, stage manager and director for nearly 12 years. She has participated in productions at EPCC, produced and directed a Christmas show at Harmony Science Academy, and has worked on a few projects for Shakespeare on the Rocks. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is her fourth production at the El Paso Playhouse. As of 2014, she extended her talents across the border.

Edward Gallardo III (Gaston)

            Edward has been an artist for most of his life, being a part of countless productions over the years. After a nearly two decade break from the Playhouse, he returned in January for “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress”, this summer’s “The Mousetrap” and now for this. Apart from his time in shows, he is a business owner, as well as the President of Sun City Pride.

Eurydice Saucedo (Sagot)

            Proud to be returning to the stage. Her El Paso theater credits include Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Joanne in Rent, Martirio in the bilingual House of Bernarda Alba, Roz in 9 to 5, Elaine Page in Arsenic and Old Lace, and the Vagina Monologues to mention just a few. Other credits include the UTEP Dinner Theater, EPCC Theater Repertoire, Viva! El Paso, Shakespeare on the Rocks, Gilbert and Sullivan, Los Actores, S.O.R, and Improv on the Border. “A wish come true and joy to have the privilege to do what makes me happiest. Thank you, for all your love and support. I’m blessed, Starfish.”

Veronica Frescas (The Countess)

 

           Is an El Paso native. She currently serves on the board of the directors. Veronica was most recently on stage with the city-wide, bilingual tour of The Vagina Monologues 2015, reprising her role from the 2014 Vagina Monologues 2014 . Since earning her BA degree in corporate communication from UTEP she has spent those years creating award-winning campaigns, including social marketing, promotions, and identity and brand development. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support and sarcastic remarks during this interesting journey “What would I do without you guys?” Veronica enjoys spending time with her family and furry babies and using her creative talents for charitable causes.

Matt Ryan Mena (The Singer)

            Born May 6th, 1986 in El Paso, TX, he is the son of Rene Mena Sr. and Debra Monteros and has two siblings, Rene Mena Jr. and Michelle Mena. He is a Franklin High School graduate and has his Associate of Science from EPCC, continuing his education at New Mexico State University. He would like to thank Diana not only for the five years they have shared together, but for all the joy she brings to his life, for her support.

Breanna Bailey (Stage Manager/Female Admirer)

            Breanna isn’t even 20 and yet, her theatre experience exceeds her age. In just a matter of months, she has been in three Playhouse productions and hopes to be in many, many more. She just finished working at the KLAQ Haunted House and is eager to see what 2016 will bring. 

Ashley Prieto (Assistant Director/Schmendiman)

            Ashley has been a part of the Playhouse family since 2013. Although she is studying psychology, her theatre history includes shows such as “Hook”, “Twelfth Night”, “Night of the Living Dead”, “The Mousetrap” and “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress”, just to name a few. It seems that with every new show she does here, she adopts a new cat to celebrate…as she is up to three now, Neffy, Hannibal and Lucien, whom she thanks. When she is not studying or working, Ashley enjoys drawing, browsing record stores, comics, collecting rocks and spending time with her family, friends and nefarious boyfriend, Mario. You can see her next in “It’s A Wonderful Life”. 

Roberta Guerra (Light & Sound Operator)

            Robbie has been in numerous Playhouse productions, both onstage and backstage. Some of these include “The Boys Next Door”, “Deathtrap”, “You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running” and “No Sex Please, We’re British”. An avid learner, she is always eager to jump in and be a part of a new production, always making friends along the way. She took a year off and is ready to jump in and be a part of many other shows.