Using Moliere’s seminal play about the evils of the medical industry as a backdrop, Imagining the Imaginary Invalid takes you backstage as the cast prepares the set and tries to rehearse scenes from the play amidst personal discussions about money, medicine, politics, loss and the nature of inspiration. As the audience watches the action unfold in layers, ballets spontaneously spring out of costume fittings, scenes devolve into arguments about art, money, and health and the performers struggle to create something in the wake of the loss of a leading player.
Originally conceived by the late Ruth Maleczech in collaboration with Julie Archer, Clove Galilee, and Valeria Vasilevski
Inspired by Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid
Directed and Choreographed by Clove Galilee | Original Text and Dramaturgy: Valeria Vasilevski
Associate Director and Adaptation by: Jenny Rogers
Featuring Drama Desk and OBIE award winning actor Marylouise Burke as the Leading Player. The cast also includes Clove Galilee,
Brian McManamon, Christianna Nelson, Joe Tapper, Jake Lasser, Sr. Pedro J. Rosado Jr., and Bernadette Flynn.
The dancers, members of the New York Theatre Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, are Stephen Campanella, Carmella Lauer,
Steven Melendez, Melissa Sadler, Amanda Treiber-Scales and Elena Zahlmann.
The musicians are Marni Rice and Michael Scales
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“See it – the extraordinary Marylouise Burke…plays both the titular hypochondriac and the French playwright”
~ New York Post
Marylouise Burke (seated) in rehearsal for “Imagining the Imaginary Invalid.”
Credit Ike Edeani for The New York Times
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