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Wild and crazy guy Steve Martin gets cerebral in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, opening this month in Walnut Creek. The play imagines a meeting between artist Pablo Picasso and scientist Albert Einstein in a Paris bar. Their conversation, which skips from the Theory of Relativity to Cubism to the eternal question of love, made us wonder which historical figures our local arts luminaries would like to sit down with for drinks and debate.

Michael Morgan, music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, chooses film director George Cukor (My Fair Lady, A Star Is Born) and Parisian chanteuse Edith Piaf. Morgan would love to hear Cukor’s Hollywood-insider stories. As for Piaf, Morgan says, “The level of commitment that she brought to her performances—that force—you don’t find in just anyone.”

Diablo Ballet Artistic Director Lauren Jonas would like to have a drink with 20th-century ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his disciple/dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. “I have a feeling that, even though they lived over 90 years ago, they shared struggles and accomplishments similar to the ones that we in the nonprofit arena have today,” she says.

Wildlife artist Andrew Denman, whose one-man show continues into May at Lafayette’s Pacific Wildlife Galleries, says he would pick Winston Churchill, “because if you think of any cool quote in history, when you look it up, Churchill said it.” Tossing back a beer with Churchill in Denman’s bar would be Leonardo da Vinci.

Center REP performs Picasso at the Lapin Agile May 19–June 18 at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, www.dlrca.org.

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