Desire Caught by the Tail

A Play by Pablo Picasso
A staged reading in celebration of Picasso’s birthday
One performance only
Matinee: Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m.
John Drew Theater of Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
Produced in conjunction with Picasso in Pollock
Performed by Lightning Rod Special, directed by OBIE Award-winner Scott Sheppard in cooperation with the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall, Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director
A must-see for all theatrical adventurers and students of the curious and the odd!
Tickets $15 / $10 Guild Hall and Pollock-Krasner House members
In the winter of 1941, soon after the Germans had occupied Paris, Picasso spent three days writing a play entitled Le Désir attrapé par la queue, which translates literally to “Desire caught by the tail.” It was first presented at a reading in the Paris apartment of Michel Leiris in 1944.
Forty years later, it came to the John Drew in an Eye and Ear Theater production directed by Taylor Mead, in conjunction with the 1984 Guild Hall exhibition, “Artists in the Theater.” This new production celebrates Guild Hall’s 90 years of theatrical adventures, as well as the 140th anniversary of Picasso’s birth on October 25, 1881.
Described as “surrealistic” and “simply weird,” the play is rarely produced due to sheer incomprehensibility. While the narrative is nonlinear and the meaning nearly impossible to decipher, the work has been praised despite (and sometimes for) its lack of message. According to legend, when Picasso showed it Gertrude Stein, she advised him to go back to painting.
This reading of “Desire Caught by the Tail” is made possible by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Picasso in Pollock

Through October 31

A hybrid exhibition examining Picasso’s influence on Pollock. Free with museum admission, which is by advance reservation. Masks are required for all visitors inside the buildings. Unvaccinated adults and children are required to wear masks indoors and outside.
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