Steve Martin is one of the most acclaimed and beloved talents in entertainment. His work has earned numerous honors including an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Many of Martin’s films are considered modern classics including: The Jerk, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Roxanne, Parenthood, L.A. Story, and Father of the Bride.
Martin is also a well-known screenwriter, essayist, fiction writer, art collector, Grammy-award winning banjo player and songwriter and playwright. Martin wrote his first play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile—an exuberant take on Picasso and Einstein meeting at a bar on the brink of marvelous discovery—in 1993. It went on to have successful runs in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, appearing in Long Wharf’s 2014-2015 season in a production directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. Martin also wrote The Underpants, a satirical adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1911 play Die Hose, about a conservative couple, Louise and Theo, whose existence is ruined when Louise’s underpants fall down in public. The play premiered at Classic Stage Company in 2000, and was produced at Long Wharf in 2013 in a critically-lauded production also helmed by Mr. Edelstein. Most recently, Martin penned Bright Star, an original musical written in collaboration with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, which ran on Broadway this past year and earned five Tony nominations.
Meteor Shower, Steve’s newest play, features the kind of plays on logic, absurdism, and anti-humor that Martin has built his career on. In a sense, the play’s humor originates from the sensibility Martin developed when first discovering comedy: Indeed, part of what makes Steve Martin’s humor so distinctive is not just that it incorporates a sublime mix of the intellectual and the wacky, the high and low brow—but also that he lets his audience choose when to laugh.
- Christine Scarfuto