Mud Creek Players to present Steve Martin play
By Mark Ambrogi
Kelly Keller is taking his first crack at directing.
Keller is directing the Mud Creek Players’ “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” which runs from April 21 to May 6 at the Mud Creek Barn, 9740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis.
“It’s different from being on stage to coaching people and guiding people, that’s a little change,” said Keller, a Mud Creek board member. “If you are able to cast some folks that are good, you have a higher chance of success than otherwise. I had a good pool of people to pick from.”
The play was written by comedian/actor/musician Steve Martin, featuring a fictional meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.
A friend suggested Keller do this one and he submitted it to Mud Creek.
“I immediately loved it,” said Keller, a Fishers resident. “I’m a big Steve Martin fan. As soon as I read it, I knew this is the one I want to submit.”
Brad Root, a Lawrence Central High School graduate who lives close to Geist area, is portraying a younger Picasso.
“There is some high-brow satire and also has some low-brow jokes,” Root said. “It’s a good mix, so it’s not going to be over everyone’s head. It’s hilarious.”
Root had read a monologue from it while a student at Ball State.
“I was familiar with it and liked it,” Root said. “When I heard they were auditioning for it, if I was cast professionally, I would fit more of an Einstein-type. Picasso is a big presence. He wants to be the loudest voice in the room. I found that to be something I enjoyed because I don’t do that in real life. So it’s been a lot of fun.”
Justin Lyon, a Carmel resident, is playing Einstein.
For more, visit mudcreekplayers.org.