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Picasso in Paris

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

By Rich Rubin

Presented by Artes de la Rosa

Originally performed Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring: Ron Fernandez, Jr Nadine Villarreal, Shelby Griffin, Alex Mackenzie, Matt Ducey, Alex Perez, Regina Rodriguez, and Rob Bosquez

The place, the Montmartre District of Paris; the time, 1906.

Young Pablo Picasso is introduced to Henri Matisse by Gertrude Stein and her brother, Leo. Picasso and Matisse are both fiercely competitive, and they soon become rivals for the leadership in the cut-throat world of modern art.

Meanwhile, on the home front, Picasso and his mistress Fernande adopt Raymonde, a thirteen-year-old girl from a local orphanage. As Picasso rushes to complete a ground-breaking works of art, his relationship with Fernande and Raymonde takes an unexpected turn.

Author Bio

Rich Rubin's plays have been staged throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. Full-length plays include PICASSO IN PARIS (winner, Julie Harris Playwright Award); SWIMMING UPSTREAM (winner, Todd McNerney Playwriting Award; finalist, Reva Shiner Comedy Award); CAESAR'S BLOOD (finalist, Oregon Book Award, finalist, Ashland New Play Festival); SHAKESPEARE'S SKULL (winner, Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award); LEFT HOOK (finalist, Woodward-Newman Drama Award; semifinalist, O'Neill Conference); ASSISTED LIVING (winner, Neil Simon Festival New Play Award); ONE WEEKEND IN OCTOBER (winner, Playhouse Creatures Emerging Playwright Award; semifinalist, O'Neill Conference); COTTONWOOD IN THE FLOOD (winner, Fratti-Newman Political Play Award); COSTA REHAB (finalist, Oregon Book Award); SEPTEMBER TWELFTH (finalist, Oregon Book Award; finalist, Playwrights First Award); MARILYN/MISFITS/MILLER (finalist, Julie Harris Playwright Award; semifinalist, O'Neill Conference); KAFKA'S JOKE (finalist, Woodward International Playwriting Prize); and CLASS ACT (semifinalist, O'Neill Conference). Member: Dramatists Guild, New Play Exchange and Portland's Nameless Playwrights and LineStorm Playwrights.

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