Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid
Monsieur Argan, the hypochondriac, is suffering. His multitude of doctors are only too happy to “diagnose” ime with all manner of disease and “treat” him with whatever strikes their fancy. He wants his daughter Angelique to marry the son of a doctor, so he will always have a doctor near. She wants to marry Cleante, the man she truly loves. Argan’s wife Beline would like to put Angelique and her sister in a convent, so she can steal teir inheritance. Toinette, the maid, and Beralde, Argan’s brother, argue and trick their way through this 3-act comedy to expose the schemers and mend the family broken by Argan’s obsession.
Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape
May 20-June 06
Beastly, unthinking, Yank, is searching for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich. Yank feels secure in his physical power over his ship until the rich daughter of an industrialist in the steel business refers to him as a “filthy beast”. Yank undergoes a crisis of identity and so starts his mental and physical deterioration. He leaves the ship and wanders into Manhattan, only to find he does not belong anywhere – not with the socialites on 5th Avenue, nor the laborers on the waterfront. Fighting for social belonging, Yank’s mental state disintegrates into its most primal state and he is defeated by the thing he has been fighting inside himself, a filthy ape.
John Osborne’s Look Back In Anger
Focusing on the life and marital struggles of an intelligent and educated but disaffected young man of working-class origin, Jimmy Porter, and his equally competent yet impassive upper-middle-class wife Alison. This realist play spawned the term “angry young man” and birthed a new movement in theatre to hold the mirror up to reality rather than giving the audience an escape from their own reality. It pits each class against the other and brings home the old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.
John Drinkwater’s Abraham Lincoln
Adapted by The Classics Theatre Project’s Artistic Director Joey Folsom, this telling of the life of Abraham Lincoln is a rare depiction of events in the life of an iconic U.S. President. The play covers events in Lincoln’s Presidency from his election in 1860 to his assassination, but omits most of the events in his private life, showing only snapshots of his public life and the very real struggles of dealing with the presidency in a time of great turmoil.