All-Male Imaginary Invalid, Starring Peter Dinklage, Debuts at Bard July 13

By Adam Hetrick
July 13, 2012

The Bard SummerScape production of Molière's The Imaginary Invalid, starring Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage in a gender-bending turn as maidservant Toinette, begins performances July 13 at the Richard B. Fisher Center.



Dinklage's wife, director Erica Schmidt, helms the all-male production that will play ten peformances through July 22 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.

The two previously collaborated on the 2008 SummerScape production of Uncle Vanya with Dinklage in the title role.

In addition to Dinklage ("The Station Agent," "Game of Thrones"), the cast includes Ethan Phillips ("Star Trek: Voyager") as Argan, as well as Preston Sadleir and Zach Booth, who recently appeared as identical twins in Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I, as mother and daughter Béline and Angélique, respectively.

Also appearing are Danny Binstock (Titus Andronicus) as Cléante, Henry Vick (Twelfth Night) as Thomas Diafoirus, Damian Young ("Californication") as Mr. Diafoirus/Mr. Purgon and Kevin Cahoon (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Mr. Fleurant/Mr. Bonnefoy.

The Imaginary Invalid has costume design by Andrea Lauer, set design by Laura Jellinek and lighting design by David Weiner.

Here's how the classic is billed: "Targeting both hypochondriacs and the money-grubbing medics who exploit them, its protagonists include the wealthy Argan, who obsessively doses his imagined complaints with costly treatments and tonics; his quack doctor, Mr. Purgon; and his maidservant Toinette, whose wily good sense provides a foil for her master's lack of it. Argan's fixation so blinds him to the realities of family life that it is only by faking his own death that he learns the truth about his gold-digging second wife, Béline, and genuinely devoted daughter, Angélique. The playwright himselfundertook the title role in the original production; with macabre irony, hehemorrhaged during the fourth performance, and — despite managing to complete the show – died later that evening. His final creation, however, lives on."

For tickets and further information phone (845) 758-7900 or visit summerscape.bard.edu. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing is located at Bard College in 
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.