Erica Schmidt Will Direct The Imaginary Invalid for Bard College's 2012 SummerScape Festival
02 Feb 2012
Molière's The Imaginary Invalid will be presented as part of the ninth annual Bard SummerScape festival. The production, directed by Erica Schmidt, will open July 13 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
The seven-week SummerScape festival, featuring eclectic works of opera, music, theatre, dance, films and cabaret, begins July 6. The Imaginary Invalid will play a limited engagement at the festival through July 22.
According to press notes, "Targeting both hypochondriacs and the money-grubbing medics who exploit them, [The Imaginary Invalid's] protagonist is the wealthy Argan, who obsessively doses his imagined complaints with costly treatments and tonics. This fixation so blinds him to the realities of family life that it is only by faking his death that Argan learns the truth."
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing is located at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and tickets, visit fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/2012.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.