Imagining the Imaginary Invalid

January 21, 2016 - February 7, 2016

Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor

Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm & Monday, Jan 25, Tuesday, Feb 2, and Wednesday, Feb 3 at 8pm

90 Minutes

La MaMa presents
Imagining The Imaginary Invalid
A production by Mabou Mines and Trick Saddle

Using Moliere’s seminal play about the evils of the medical industry as a backdrop, Imagining the Imaginary Invalid takes you backstage as the cast prepares the set and tries to rehearse scenes from the play amidst personal discussions about money, medicine, politics, loss and the nature of inspiration.  As the audience watches the action unfold in layers, ballets spontaneously spring out of costume fittings, scenes devolve into arguments about art, money, and health and the performers struggle to create something in the wake of the loss of a leading player.

Originally conceived by the late Ruth Maleczech in collaboration with Julie Archer, Clove Galilee, and Valeria Vasilevski

Inspired by Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid
Directed and Choreographed by Clove Galilee | Original Text and Dramaturgy: Valeria Vasilevski
Associate Director and Adaptation by: Jenny Rogers
Featuring Drama Desk and OBIE award winning actor Marylouise Burke as the Leading Player. The cast also includes Clove Galilee,
Brian McManamonChristianna NelsonJoe TapperJake LasserSr. Pedro J. Rosado Jr., and Bernadette Flynn.
The dancers, members of the New York Theatre Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, are Stephen CampanellaCarmella Lauer,
Steven MelendezMelissa SadlerAmanda Treiber-Scales and Elena Zahlmann.
The musicians are Marni Rice and Michael Scales

Press for Imagining The Imaginary Invalid

 "See it - the extraordinary Marylouise Burke...plays both the titular hypochondriac and the French playwright"
~ New York Post


Marylouise Burke (seated) in rehearsal for “Imagining the Imaginary Invalid.”
Credit Ike Edeani for The New York Times

"Honoring Mom (and Molière) With ‘Imagining the Imaginary Invalid’"  by Alexis Soloski


"Still Imagining The Imaginary with Ruth Maleczech"

About the Artists

Mabou Mines is an artist-driven experimental collective, generating original works and re-imagined adaptations of classics through multi-disciplinary, technologically inventive collaborations among its members and a wide world of contemporary composers, writers, musicians, choreographers, puppeteers, visual artists and filmmakers.
Find out more about Mabou Mines on their website!
Led by the artistic team of Clove Galilee and Jenny Rogers, Trick Saddle is a collaborative company working within the realm of theatre, dance, film and visual art.  The company's work is equally at home in museums, galleries, theaters and site-specific venues. Visit the Trick Saddle website!