Making It Their Own

For the theatre department’s spring production course, New York-based visiting director Jay Dunn ‘00.5 came to campus to work with a group of students on adapting a version of Moliere’s last play, “Imaginary Invalid.” In collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Dana Yeaton, who was also teaching the play in his comparative literature course, Dunn devised a studio experience for the actors that would include improvisation, adaptation and scriptwriting, workshops with Yeaton’s students, and plenty of archetype character development. It was a different approach for many of the students, most of whom have extensive experience on stage, but one they all relished in the end. “Imaginary Invalid” was performed in Wright Memorial Theatre on April 13-15.

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  1. Awesome production!! Great fun, excellent creativity, and truly laugh OUT LOUD and WOW moments — slow motion scenes, “glitter tux”, the AMAZING costumes — to name only a few, and the invalid’s STELLAR performance. ‘Loved the bigger than life pulse that opened the show that beautifully and fittingly invited us to join the bigger than life, human production. CONGRATULATIONS to director, cast and crew!!!

  2. This may be the “most regretfully missed” production of my lifetime, although I’ve gotten a little taste of it from my son Elias (Thomas in the production). Incorporating Moliere’s life was an ingenious concept. And developing the play through workshops obviously created a unique theatre experience for the students and the audience. Congratulations to all of you involved, and I look forward to enjoying the video.

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