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Painting Picasso

Herbert Siguenza has worked for 26 years with the theater group Culture Clash in Los Angeles — we saw the company’s rich and joyous piece about immigrants in American Night at the Denver Center a year ago. His years of experience and the passion he feels for his own work are evident in his one-man play A Weekend With Pablo Picassoi>, which debuts today at the Ricketson Theatre.

In this piece, we get to watch as the master completes a commission for six paintings and three vases in the course of three days in his South of France studio, chatting, joking and reminiscing with audience members as though they were his students. He talks about his work, his women (the play alludes to his famed misogyny but doesn’t dwell on it), dreams, Guernica and his distress over the recent Soviet invasion of Hungary. As Siguenza speaks Picasso’s words — taken from the painter’s interviews and writings and the reminiscences of others — he paints. On stage. In front of us. And with a fair amount of skill. There are also paintings that appear in stages through the magic of projection.

Siguenza has said that his intention in making this piece of theater was to explore these specific questions: How does he stay creative? How do you keep that hunger, that fire in your belly?

The show starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continues at various times through April 28 at the Ricketson Theatre inside the Denver Performing Arts Complex; ticket prices vary. For more information, go to
Fridays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: March 22. Continues through April 28, 2013


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