Meet the Director, Scott King of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”

Scott King returns to the director's chair at the Lionheart Theatre Company after previously directing Lionheart's productions of Quiet in the Land,  You Can't Take It With You, The Foreigner, Thus Spoke the Mockingbird, Rudolph Really!, and Santa's Night Out. Scott is also an actor, having appeared in several Lionheart productions, including Don't Dress For Dinner, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Petrified Forrest, and The Crucible.

When he's not at the theatre, Scott is busy as the Language and Cultural Diversity Specialist for the Barrow County School System. He also teaches the Spanish-English Medical Interpreting Certificate Course for UGA and the Cultural Issues Course for ESOL Endorsement for the NE GA Regional Educational Service Agency.

Scott is very excited to be back at Lionheart directing this zany comedy by Steve Martin. Yes, that Steve Martin!

Can you describe your theatre background and how you got involved with Lionheart?

“I started acting as a young boy up in NC and after many years of not performing on stage, I returned to the stage in 2000. I've been on the Board of Directors of the County Seat Players and now of the Lionheart Theatre Company. This is the eleventh show I have directed including 4 or 5 here at Lionheart and in other theaters or locations in the past. I have been in numerous shows up on stage at various theaters in the Atlanta area during these 20 years or so, but consider myself a Lionheart "veteran" actor."

What attracted you to the Picasso at the Lapin Agile script?

"My son Adam, who is a professional actor, recommended the play when I asked him to think of an unusual and not locally over-performed comedy. He had played the role of Einstein up at Webster University in St. Louis, and I certainly remembered how entertaining it was. I thought it the perfect work of zany comedies that our audiences tend to appreciate here."

How would you describe this show to people?

"I knew from the moment of selection of this play that the experience would bring joy and excitement to me as a director. Having directed several of the past comedies, I can assure you that directing actors whose task it is to interpret the sometimes sophisticated, but often absurd comedy style of Steve Martin was both a challenge and a totally rewarding experience. Martin loads this play with all sorts of very clever humor, but he seldom wrote in any stage directions or acting directions. Like, for instance, “She says sarcastically while smiling devilishly," and therefore those nuances become the director’s task to help the actors discover how, why, and when their lines are funny and to incorporate just the right movements and timing needed to express faithfully the playwright’s humorous message to the audience. So in a very real way, this is indeed my own “take” on this wonderful play!

And it's also my actors' take on it, because they also frequently added their own ideas to mine to bring you this, our unique version of the play. And so, our hope is that you will enjoy as we now bring to life in our unique way this creation of genius from that “wild and crazy guy!"

How have rehearsals been going?

"I am convinced that I have one of the most talented group of comedic actors assembled for this show, and therefore it has been a perfect delight to direct them!"

Anything else you want to add about working at Lionheart?

"We are a family here, and I think the quality of our productions is evidence of our welcoming, willing-to-take-a-risk, and open to "sharing the responsibilities" Artistic Producer Tanya Caldwell."

Don't miss Scott King's direction in Lionheart Theatre's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, playing March 8th through 24th in downtown Norcross. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Please visit our website for tickets and more information.

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