Steve Martin

William and Mary closes theater season with absurdist comedy

A imagined meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, penned by comedian Steve Martin, will come to life on the Phi Beta Kappa stage this weekend.

The College of William and Mary's Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance will close its current season with absurdist comedy "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," directed by Sarah Dixon.

The time is 1904. The setting is Lapin Agile, a famous Parisian bar. The situation: a chance encounter between Picasso and Einstein, both on the verge of groundbreaking discoveries. For Picasso, it's cubism, and for Einstein, the theory of relativity.

The two engage in a quick-witted conversation. They uncover similarities in...