The Imaginary Invalid (Stone)

by  Merritt Stone, Jean Baptiste Moliere

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 4f

Monsieur Ardin, the imaginary invalid, is a thoroughgoing hypochondriac. His daughter, Angelique, is in love with Cleante. But Ardin insists that she shall marry the son of a doctor and a doctor himself, Thomas Defois. Toinette, the maid and Beralde, Ardin's brother, do everything possible to dissuade Ardin in his determination to marry Angelique to the stupid Thomas.

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The Imaginary Invalid (Stone)

by  Merritt Stone Jean Baptiste Moliere

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Parody / Spoof
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Monsieur Ardin, the imaginary invalid, is a thoroughgoing hypochondriac. His daughter, Angelique, is in love with Cleante. But Ardin insists that she shall marry the son of a doctor and a doctor himself, Thomas Defois. Toinette, the maid and Beralde, Ardin's brother, do everything possible to dissuade Ardin in his determination to marry Angelique to the stupid Thomas. Beline, Ardin's shrewish wife, is determined that Angelique shall become a nun so that there will be no one but she, Beline, to inherit Ardin's estate. By many tricks, Toinette and Beralde show up Beline as the mercenary she is and the doctors as the fools they are.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 17th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The reception room of the Paris house of Monsieur Ardin on two successive days; the middle of the Seventeenth Century. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

8m, 4f
MONSIEUR ARDIN - the invalid. 
TOINETTE - the maid. 
ANGELIQUE - the elder daugher of Ardin . 
BELINE - the wife of Ardin. 
MONSIEUR DE BONNEFOI - the notary. 
CLEANTE - the lover of Angelique. 
MONSIEUR DEFOIS - a doctor. 
THOMAS DEFOIS - his son. 
LOUISE - the younger daughter of Ardin. 
BERALDE - the brother of Ardin. 
MONSIEUR FLEURANTE - the apothecary. 
MONSEIUR PURJON - another doctor. 
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Authors

Merritt Stone

Merritt Stone

Jean Baptiste Moliere

Jean Baptiste Moliere

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