Imaginary Invalid an adaptation of French playwright Moliere
Studio Theatre —
Dr. Andrew Blasenak, assistant director of Emory & Henry College’s Theatre Department, said their upcoming play, Imaginary Invalid is an adaptation of French playwright Moliere that resembles a living cartoon rather than any preconceptions people may have about seventeenth-century drama.
The three-act comedy, sponsored by E&H Arts Series & Department of Theatre, is 7:30 p.m. April 16-18 and at 4 p.m. April 19 at the Studio Theatre on campus. Tickets are $ 12 at the door and $ 10 in advance with discounts available for seniors. The performance is open to the public
The modern and musical adaptation of Moliere’s story tells of a wealthy, French hypochondriac who endures bizarre treatments by his doctors while his gold-digging wife awaits his death. Adding to the witty, fast paced dialogue are his two daughters, one a hunchback and the other who has no shortage of suitors.
The production is based on Moliere’s play with the same situations and characters, but the setting is the 1960s in Paris.
“The adaptation is very funny, but has a strong life-affirming message about how we spend our lives. Are we spending our lives pretending we have things that are holding us back or do we try to live each day to its fullest?,” asked Blasenak, who directed the play.
“The play reminds people we’re all going to have trouble in our lives and it’s the way you react to those troubles that really defines who you are. You can get bogged down in your grief, despair and sorrow, or you can try to live to the fullest despite it,” Blasenak said.