The Imaginary Invalid
A.R.T. Season
May 8, 1998 to June 7, 1998

Molière's last play is a sparkling satire on the medical profession written, ironically, in the final days of the playwright's life. Doctors and patients alike come under scrutiny when Argan, the hypochondriac, decides that his daughter must marry a physician so that he will always have a doctor around. Andrei Belgrader, mischievous director of some of the A.R.T.'s most deliriously funny shows—including The Servant of Two Masters and Ubu Rock—returns to stage this ebullient and best-loved of Molière's comedies. The perfect prescription for your serious condition, The Imaginary Invalid will have you in sutures—um, stitches!

SYNOPSIS

In order to obtain the constant medical attention he craves, the hypochondriac Argan is determined to marry his daughter Angélique to Thomas Diafoirus, a pedantic medical student. But Angélique, encouraged by her uncle Béralde and her wiley servant Toinette, is in love with Cléante.

Cléante disguises himself as a music teacher to gain access to Angélique, but Argan's second wife Béline, interested only in her husband's considerable fortune, threatens to expose the young lovers' plan. Disaster must surely follow, until Toinette decides to take matters into her own hands.

Creative team
by

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliére

Translated and adapted by Shelley Berc
Translated and adapted by Andrei Belgrader
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Set design by Anita Stewart
Costume design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting design by Michael Chybowski
Sound design by Christopher Walker
Incidental music and lyrics by Rusty Magee
Movement by Amy Spencer, Richard Colton
Thomas Diaforos Remo Airaldi
Dr. Diaforos, Dr. Purgon, M. Purgon Thomas Derrah
Cleante Benjamin Evett
Beralde Jeremy Geidt
Angelique Caroline Hall
Argan Will LeBow
Beline Karen MacDonald
Ensemble Jeremy Rabb
Bonnefoy Stephen Rowe
Toinette Francine Torres
Louison Anna Williams/Eleni Kmiec
   

 

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64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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