The Imaginary Invalid is a strikingly-relevant, passionate farce that shines a light on the wounds we inflict upon ourselves, the scars of life, and the lengths that some will go to achieve "affordable" healthcare in a seemingly-incurable system. This fresh translation of the Moliere classic by Oded Gross features original Motown- and pop-inspired songs by Paul James Prendergast, commedia dell'arte roots, and sharp modern language.
The Imaginary Invalid tells the story of Argan, a miserly hypochondriac who hatches a scheme to get free healthcare by marrying off one of his daughters (Angelique) to a young doctor. Dependent on extravagant cures and desperately worried about his ability to continue to pay for his medical care, he will do anything. Angelique however, having already fallen in love with someone else, has other plans for her life. Argan’s clever servant (Toinette) and gregarious brother (Beralde) come to her aid as they seek to unwind both his nefarious plot and his unhealthy obsession with quackery.
The Imaginary Invalid features Combustible Company co-artistic director Erik Hoover as Argan and Ashawnti Sakina Ford as Toinette in her first production with Combustible Company. Other newcomers Antonio Duke, Joni Griffith, Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel, Ricky Morisseau, Julianna Drajko, and Jonathan Beller will join Combustible Company veterans Isaac Bont, Jonathan Saliger, and Anna Pladson.
Combustible Company’s other co-artistic director, Kym Longhi, will direct the production. The creative team also includes set and prop design by Off Leash Area’s Paul Herwig, costume design by Renee Hatton, sound design by C Andrew Mayer, lighting design by Paul Epton, and video design by Jim Peitzman.