The Imaginary Invalid

By Molière
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists

Monday, February 19
7:30 pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Directed by Jesse Berger
Starring Annaleigh Ashford, Jordan Boatman, Arnie Burton, Kelley Curran, Carson Elrod, Mark Linn-Baker, Ryan McCartan and Lorenzo Pisoni.

Molière’s beloved comedy follows Monsieur Argan, a severe hypochondriac. Argan’s nonexistent illnesses blinds him to the conmen and women—including his new wife—preying on his fears to fatten their purses. When his plan to marry his daughter to a doctor (thereby securing free lifetime healthcare) goes awry, Argan is forced to confront how narcissistic and oblivious his disorder has made him. Newly translated by Mirabelle Ordinaire and adapted for Red Bull Theater by Jeffrey Hatcher, The Imaginary Invalid is a brilliant satire of doctors, lawyers, and would-be patients who take self-care to staggering levels of pathological solipsism.

The Imaginary Invalid is presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), in partnership with Red Bull Theater.

This performance is part of Red Bull Theater’s OBIE Award-winning Revelation Reading series, which offers audiences the unique opportunity to experience rarely produced classic plays performed by the finest actors working today.

120 min
In English

Tuesday, February 20—Sunday, February 25

About Red Bull Theater

Since its founding in 2003 with a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director; Martin Giannini, Executive Director) has served adventurous theatergoers with Off-Broadway productions, Revelation Readings, and the annual Short New Play Festival. The company also offers outreach programs including Shakespeare in Schools bringing professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms; Bull Sessions, free post-performance discussions with top scholars; and Classical Acting Intensives led by veteran theater professionals.

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    • Red Bull Theater regularly produces a variety of classical work, including 21 Off-Broadway productions including The Alchemist, Mac Beth, Coriolanus, The School for Scandal, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, American Moor, The Government Inspector, plus over 200 OBIE Award-winning Revelation Readings. Additionally, Red Bull responded swiftly to the shutdown, creating several ongoing programs to serve audiences and artists, including RemarkaBULL Podversations, reaching a combined online audience of over 200,000. “The classics-shaking Red Bull Theater,” as Time Out NY has called the company, has served a community of more than 5,000 artists and provided quality artistic programming to an ever-growing audience. The company’s unique programming has received ongoing critical acclaim and has been recognized with Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, Callaway, Off-Broadway Alliance, and OBIE nominations and Awards.