Women Required for Production
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
The Company will hold open auditions for the comedic satire "The Imaginary Invalid" by Moliere.
Performance dates are January 13 through February 18, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.
Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" is an outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners sadly relevant even today. The wealthy Argan revels in poor health, relying on laxatives, suppositories, bloodlettings, and second and third opinions from the leading quacks. Although his daughter Angelique loves the impoverished Cleante, Argan wants to marry her to Thomas Diaforrhea, a medical dunce who can assure his father-in-law a lifetime of free health care. Aided by Argan's wily, back-talking servant Toinette, the young lovers contrive to meet despite the scheming of Beline, Argan's mercenary second wife. All is resolved (or is it?) when the clever Toinette and Argan's sage brother Beralde concoct a hilarious, elaborate plan to teach Argan where to place his trust.
Those auditioning should allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork. Please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar as a rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts. No appointment or monologue is necessary; just be prepared for selected cold readings from the script. Please be prepared to sing a short a cappella piece of your choice if requested.
All roles are open to all ethnicities. Ages are approximate and flexible in most cases.
Beralde, Female, 30s-60s
Argan's sensible relative who tries to help him see the error of his ways. Has a lot of good dialogue lampooning the medical profession.
Toinette, Female, 20s-50s
The wily servant who knows more than her master, she cares about him but refuses to put up with all his antics. Good comedic sensibility and the ability to do some physical comedy and fast changes. She is also on stage for most of the show and needs to be a quick study and available during most of the rehearsal period.
Angelique, Female, 18-25
Argan's daughter, she is an ingenue who, while spoiled and coddled, has a deep love for her father. Ability to sing a cappella is helpful.
Beline, Female, 30+
Argan's gold-digging second wife, younger than Argan, who fakes her love and concern for Argan while fooling around with her lawyer Bonnefoi behind his back. Ability to feign concern and drop the faade quickly.
The following supporting roles ideally will be played by other members of the cast above and/or doubled by one or two actors, depending on interest and availability:
Fleurant, Female, 20s-60s
An enema specialist who works with Dr. Purgon and administers an enema to Argan.