The Mugford Street Players presents A Picasso by Jeffrey Hatcher
On stage March 2 – 12, 2017
Co-produced by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro & John Fogle
Directed by John Fogle
A claustrophobic dance of deception
Art brushes with politics in A Picasso!
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 say for sure…but will he? A tango of sex, politics and power ensues…with a climactic twist.
A society renowned for fostering artistic freedom is suddenly under the jackboot of a paranoid culture at its most oppressive. In A Picasso, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher asks…what is the value of art in a world going to hell?
“Artful, remarkable and genuinely dramatic, with impressive sensitivity and wit.” —NY Daily News.
“Sex, art, Nazis, and a classy twentieth-century icon, all wrapped up like a tasty cultural burrito. Expertly done.” —Star-Ledger.
“A polished production with carefully sprung surprises.” —NY Times.
“An intense confrontational drama.” —Miami Herald.
About Jeffrey Hatcher
One of America’s most widely produced playwrights, Hatcher’s many award-winning original plays have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally across the US and abroad. Some of his plays include Three Viewings, Scotland Road, A Picasso, Neddy, Korczak’s Children, Mercy of a Storm, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright and Lucky Duck. Hatcher wrote the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance and the musical, ELLA.
About The Mugford Street Players (MSP)
Founded in 1975 in residence at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Mugford Street– hence the name – MSP has presented more than 50 shows – including Hamlet, Equus, The Weir, The Homecoming, Art and Our Country’s Good – at a variety of local and international venues. For more than 25 years, their annual performance of A Little Dickens brought Dickens’ A Christmas Carol alive for local audiences.
The group has been recognized for excellence at the NETC/EMACT Drama Festival for A.R. Gurney’s The Love Course (Best Production), Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney (First Runner-Up to Best Production), Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, and Thornton Wilder’s Infancy. Most recently, MSP presented Arthur Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman at Marblehead Little Theatre