In 1993, Steve Martin wrote his first full-length play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. In it, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and some others interact in a Parisian bar called Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit), and debate about genius and talent, art and science. The play is set in 1904, right before Picasso paints Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and Einstein publishes his theory of relativity.

Lapin is a play that's traveled the world, but has now been stopped in its tracks by an Oregon high school, according to the CBC. It seems that students at La Grande High School were gearing up a production when they were stopped by the school board, who received a complaint signed by 137 people in the community. Why did they want to stop it? Because it takes place in a bar and includes sexual references. (They must really hate Grease then!)

To me, it seems quite silly, especially considering the fact that the play is about a much more cerebral subject matter than the usual high school production, and in the days of Hannah Montana, that should be praised. Heck, my alma mater did nothing but a yearly musical, and nothing that came close to the idea of Picasso and Einstein chatting in a bar. Luckily, the show must go on, and Martin has offered to pay for the production to be put on at Eastern Oregon University.

To get a glimpse of this play, head after the jump for a recording of a performance, and check out this piece of trivia:

The first reading of the play took place in Martin's home. Tom Hanks read the role of Pablo Picasso, and Chris Sarandon read Albert Einstein.
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