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A PICASSO

A PICASSO

In an underground vault in the war-torn city of Paris, a singular conflict takes place between an enigmatic female officer from the Ministry of Culture and the world famous painter, Pablo Picasso, in Jeffrey Hatcher’s suspense-filled drama A Picasso, directed by Charles Towers, at Merrimack Repertory Theater, April 21 – May 15, 2011. Confronted by an adversary every bit his equal, Picasso must use all of his skills at charm, negotiation and manipulation in an effort to save his work, and possibly his own life. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.MerrimackRep.org or by calling 978.654.4MRT.

The cast of A Picasso features Mark Zeisler (Picasso) and Kate Udall (Miss Fischer) both of whom are returning to Merrimack Repertory Theater’s stage. Mark Zeisler last appeared in MRT’s production of The Seafarer, and has also appeared in Tranced and The Homecoming. Earlier this season, Kate Udall appeared in Four Places as Ellen, a role that earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2011 IRNE awards. She also played Josie Hogan in Merrimack Rep’s 2009 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten. The creative team features MRT’s Artistic Director Charles Towers (Director), Campbell Baird (Set and Costume Designer), and Brian Lilienthal (Lighting Designer).

Jeffrey Hatcher has written a wonderful battle of wits between Pablo Picasso and the fictional Miss Fischer that is at once clever, earthy, dangerous, sexy, humorous, and passionate” says Charles Towers, MRT Artistic Director and director of A Picasso. “When you start with a character the size of Picasso, the emotional and intellectual exchange is necessarily going to be writ large. Plus we have two first-rate members of MRT’s extended acting company – Mark Zeisler and Kate Udall – creating these characters. In their hands, A Picasso promises to be an extremely stimulating theatrical event.”

Jeffrey Hatcher is the author of several plays including Stage Beauty, The Turn of the Screw, Fellow Travelers, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, SMASH, Mercy of a Storm, To Fool an Eye, Neddy, What Corbin Knew, Mother Russia, Murder By Poe, Work Song, and Murderers. He co-wrote the stage adaption of Tuesdays with Morrie with author Mitch Albom. His play Stage Beauty was made into a film, and he wrote several episodes of the Peter Falk series Columbo. He is a member and/or alumnus of the Dramatists Guild, The Writers Guild, and New Dramatists. A Picasso is the first of his plays to be produced by Merrimack Repertory Theatre.

Merrimack Repertory Theater’s 2010-2011 season is sponsored by Lowell Cooperative Bank. A Picasso is sponsored by The Lowell Five, with additional support from WGBH. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

CAST BIOS

Mark Zeisler

Mark Zeisler (Picasso) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: The Seafarer, Tranced, The Homecoming. Broadway: A View from the Bridge, Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway: Eurydice, Second Stage; The Accomplices, The New Group; Self-Defense, New Georges; Acts of Faith, Mosaic Theatre/92 St Y. New England: Major Barbara, Road to Nirvana, The King Stag, The Homecoming, Once in a Lifetime, The Caretaker, American Repertory Theater; The Black Dahlia, The King Stag, Eurydice, Yale Repertory Theatre; Big Love, Long Wharf Theatre; Hamlet, The Matchmaker, Elm Shakespeare Company. Regional: Yankee Tavern, Florida Stage (World Premiere); The Tempest, The Seagull, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Big Love, Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; BAM Next Wave Festival; Measure for Measure (Helen Hayes nomination), Folger Theatre; A Picasso, City Theatre; A Doll House, McCarter Theatre; ART, Hangar Theatre; Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Arcadia, Alabama Shakespeare; Julius Caesar, Philadelphia Drama Guild; Romeo and Juliet, Baltimore Center Stage. Film: Random Hearts, Torch Song Trilogy, Shaft, The Thomas Crown Affair, Two Week Notice, Head of State, Revolution #9, After School (2008 NY Film Festival entry). Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, New York Undercover, Rescue Me, many soaps. Education: BFA, SUNY-Purchase.

Kate Udall

Kate Udall (Miss Fischer) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Four Places, A Moon for the Misbegotten (2009). Off-Broadway: Blue Heron Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, MHStages. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, George Street Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Wittenburg (world premiere), Arden Theatre. International: She has played at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Bamberg, Germany and Italy. She is a founding member of Vox, an international ensemble that was featured in the documentary Giving Voice: The Actor’s Journey. In 2006, Vox was invited to present Metamorphoses at the International Theatre Festival in Lisbon. Film: Choke. Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU and Kidnapped. Other: Ms. Udall is a designated teacher of Linklater Voice Technique and she spent six years as an Associate Professor of Voice/Acting at West Virginia University.

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