LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE: “The Imaginary Invalid” at the Holmdel Theatre Company

Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) is pleased to announce its spring 2014 show, Moliere’s rollicking farce “The Imaginary Invalid,” opening March 28 and running through April 12. The show is produced by HTC’s Geoff Shields and Grace Modla, and helmed by veteran director Tom Frascatore. Mr. Frascatore brought HTC’s acclaimed production of “Inherit the Wind” to the Duncan Smith stage, and his innovative theatrical style has made him a Monmouth County favorite.

“The Imaginary Invalid” brings together an eclectic troupe of comedy specialists to skewer the timeless absurdities of “health care” with titular hypochondriac Monsieur Argan, his mercenary wife, scheming household, and the quacks who seek to “relieve” him of his fortune. As ever, the HTC cast includes a lively mix of seasoned professionals, area veterans, and talented young actors drawn from local middle and high schools. Award-winning playwright Constance Congdon (“Last of the Formicans”) provides a wildly funny, utterly accessible, modern adaptation for Mr. Frascatore and his expert cast of knockabouts to feast upon.  Congdon’s “Invalid” was commissioned by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and has had successful runs at ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Portland Center Stage.

The cast features: Carlole Darche, Topher J. Friedel, Michael Hegarty, Dan Johnson, Michael J. Kroll, Jon Nielson, Rose Pedone*, Ava Serene Portman, Ruby Riggio, Bill Rogers, and Wes Swan.

Performances run Fridays and Saturdays, March 28 and 29, and April 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees on March 30 and April 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now via the HTC website at www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org. The Duncan Smith Theatre is located at 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, in front of Holmdel High School.

(*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.)

This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through the funding of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.