Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso is a cat-and-mouse suspense drama exploring the role of art, the artist and the beholder in a world gone mad during the Nazi occupation of Paris in WWII. 

Set in a vault under the streets of German-occupied Paris in 1941, A Picasso pits the famous artist against Miss Fischer, a cultural attaché from Berlin, who must determine if paintings recently confiscated by the Nazis are real–or fake–Picassos. Only the artist can tell for sure.   A tango of sex, politics and power ensues.


Stephen Cooper returns to play Pablo Picasso,fresh from his role as Mr Rice in our theater's recent production of Molly Sweeney.   Newton Nomadic Theater founder Linda Goetz (Faith Healer, Beauty Queen of Leenane) is back in the role of the Miss Fischer.

Each week A Picasso will move to a new and unique performance space.   Like nomads the world over, we never settle in any place for long.   Join us for A Picasso in an art studio, a  restaurant, a living room, a rug store, a library, a glass works or a pub.
Fri April 15, Artists studio, Newton Highlands
Sat April 16, Artists studio, Newton Highlands

Fri April 22, Waban Library
Sat April 23, Finch home in Waban

Fri April 29, Diablo Glass School, Mission Hill 
Sat April 30, Nomad Story Slam (no A Picasso this night)
  
Fri May 6, Bocca Bella Bistro, Auburndale
- with pre-show music by The Resistance
Sat May 7, Bocca Bella Bistro, Auburndale

Fri May 13,
McGuire home, Brookline
 
with pre-show music by The Resistance

Sat May 14,  7:30 PM Gregorian Rugs, Lower Falls

  with pre-show music by The Resistance

Sun May 15, 5 PM, Dun Gaherins Pub, Upper Falls
- with pre-show music by The Resistance and complimentary (and delicious) snacks courtesy of Better Life Food and Dunn Gaherins

Sat May 21, 7:30 PM, Riverside Studios, Fort Point


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"Jeffrey Hatcher's "A Picasso" is a cat-and-mouse suspense drama exploring the role of art, the artist and the beholder in a world gone mad during the Nazi occupation of Paris in WWII. Stephen Cooper brings a touch of elegant arrogance to the bullishly seductive Pablo Picasso, who has met his fiery and intellectual match in Linda Goetz as Miss Fisher, a member of the Third Reich, whose lifelong appetite for Picasso’s work has turned against her in her quest for survival."

Sallee Lipshutz was at the opening night performance.  Here's what she had to say:

Jeffrey Hatcher is authentic and his play is all about authenticity. It takes place in the late 1930’s in an Occupied Paris warehouse and its purpose is to expose the truth. Are three paintings really the works of the prominent artist, Pablo Picasso, who is being questioned by the female Nazi caricature, Miss Fischer, or are they fakes? What you might expect when you put an egotistical, misogynistic Casanova and an autocratic, military marionette in the same room to pick truth from fiction is definitely not what you get!

Surprisingly, this play is not black. It is a grey human comedy, somewhat like the truth it seeks. 

Stephen Cooper and Linda Goetz were to the action born. I see them in their roles as most authentic and believable as they morph between their inner and outer portraits as easily as someone opening and shutting wooden window blinds, allowing sneak peeks into deeply personal worlds.

As Miss Fischer would say: SIT DOWN…please! Buy your tickets. NOW! - Sallee Lipshutz

 

“The Newton Nomadic theater is a gift to this area.   It is exactly the type of theater we crave.   Stephen Cooper and Linda Goetz’s performances helped to create the illusion of watching this from an invisible curtain in the room.

The subtleties to the performance is what helps create the magic.  Things that the subconscious
believe as real is what turns a script into a dramatic performance.   Minor finger gestures, word pronunciation, and eye movements make an incredible difference in believability.  Small theatre gives the best experience. It is not just happenstance that I will always pick the front row of a small house. It gives us the chance to catch those subtleties that are lost in a large arena. There is nothing wrong with large staging, but small areas help to create an intimate connection for and intimate story.

Anyone who has studied Picasso realizes how amazing this script was. Each line conveyed a bit of his inner self.

The Newton Nomadic Theater is a prime example of how you don’t have to spend a fortune to see brilliant work!”  - Bruce Schneider


 “This is the third play my husband and I have seen with the Nomadic Theatre and I cannot decide whether it was the best or the second best, so good it was. The two actors are phenomenal, on the stage the whole time. The plot resonated for me especially as a French woman but can be understood at several very interesting levels:  Picasso's life, the clash between an Occupier and an Occupied, man vs woman, duty vs pressure. All the time making us wonder about the essence of art. As a bonus, it was pretty funny. Also, Stephen Cooper has big brown eyes, like the real Picasso! 

Do not miss it: that play is a gem!”  - Isabelle Albeck

 

“In 1941, Picasso, angry and arrogant, has been ‘arrested’ and brought to an underground vault in occupied Paris, where he is confronted by a German woman. She first demands and then pleads for him to authenticate, as Picasso's, 3 works of art, "left behind," to be the centerpiece of an exhibition. He does as she asks after she intimates his life is in her hands but he soon regrets it.

 Along the way Picasso and Miss Fischer inadvertently show us glimpses from behind the curtain of an ambitious German and a non political, womanizing, artist as they continuously switch power positions. Their stories are as moving as their revelations.

 Be sure to see it. Stephen Cooper and Linda Goetz step into their roles as Pablo Picasso, comb over included, and Miss Fischer, a German "cultural attaché" adeptly and with ease.” – Marti Bowen

 

 “The play was very engaging!  The one act play held my attention the entire time!  Great timing; no lost time!”  - Margaret LeBlanc

 

 This is the 2nd time these actors have come together for A Picasso.  Here’s a quote from the last time they performed A Picasso together:

“It’s ain’t easy to surprise this sometimes jaded theatre veteran. Yet last night I had the pleasure to be amidst an audience that sat in stunned silence at the close of a preview performance at Salem Theatre Company. Literally, no one moved! Then ever so slowly we turned to look at each shaking our heads in disbelief.”