A hypochondriac takes over the stage as Ghent Playhouse has fun with Molière farce

Monk Shane Lydon as Beralde and George Filieau as Argan in Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid. Photo by Kelly Mackerer

Monk Shane Lydon as Beralde and George Filieau as Argan in Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid. Photo by Kelly Mackerer

The Ghent Playhouse is preparing the play its audiences have been waiting for all season, Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid (The Hypochondriac). The classic comedy satire with elements of farce is staged with a new adaptation written and directed by Barbara Leavell Smith. The play will open on Friday, May 20, 2016 and run through Sunday, June 5, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

This is the classic tale of the ultimate hypochondriac. When an imaginary invalid, endlessly flooded by doctors and pharmacy bills, thinks he has found the cure for all his aches and pains, the results bring both chaos and hilarity.

The Assistant Director for this production is Denola Perreten and the Stage Manager is Arielle Lant, It is produced by Kelly Mackerer, Set Design is by Sam Reilly, Lighting Designer is Isabelle Filkins, Costume Designer is Joanne Maurer and the Music Composer and Pianist is Catherine Schane-Lydon.

Molière is the stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, one of the most important dramatists in French history. His plays have been delighting and intriguing audiences since they were first performed in seventeenth-century France, at which time they pleased King Louis XIV and changed the face of French comic drama.

Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid) was Molière’s final play.

A satire of the medical profession, Molière himself played the main role of the hypochondriac Argan, and famously coughed up blood during his fourth performance, dying later that evening in what came to be known as a bitter irony, given the play’s subject of imaginary illness.

THE CAST:

George Filieau – Argan, our hypochondriac
Julia Fingar – Angelique, Argan’s oldest daughter
Bailey Lapo – Cleante, in love with Angelique
Bridget Bulson – Toinette, Argan’s servent
Lael Locke – Beline, Argan’s second wife
Monk Schane-Lydon – Beralde, Argan’s brother
Kevin Kilb – Thomas, a medical student and
– Mr. Fleurant, Argan’s apothecary
Mark Wilson – Mr. Purgon, Argan’s doctor
Sally Dodge – Mrs. Diafoirus, Thomas’s mother
Mark Fingar – The Notary
Imogen Drake, Lucy Ernst, Sylvie Berquist – Louison

Since laughter has been touted as the best medicine, this production is sure to be good for what ails you! Reserve your tickets early to be sure you get to see this new adaptation of a classic!

Tickets are $20 each, $17 for Playhouse members and $10 for Students with ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going to the website at www.ghentplayhouse.org.

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