SAVANNAH — The Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Art, Music and Theatre (AASU AMT) student theatre troupe, the Masquers, presents “The Imaginary Invalid” by Jean-Baptiste Molière, a satirical comedy on the medical profession of the late 1600s in France, on Feb. 28-29 and March 1-2 (7:30 p.m., 3 p.m. only on March 2) in the Masquers' new temporary home: Masquers Chinese Theatre at Armstrong Center.
“The Imaginary Invalid” was the famous playwright and actor Molière’s last play before he died of a chronic pulmonary infection after dismissing his friends and family’s advice to seek medical help. He wrote the comedy to note the ridiculous nature of the medical profession in the late 1600s in France, and many believe there is much irony in the timing of Molière’s death.
The play focuses on the witty character Argan, a hypochondriac who swindles all his family’s money into the medical business and urges his daughter to marry into the profession to ensure a doctor will always be at his side.
Molière created a brilliant comedic piece with ingenious characters.
AASU Jenkins Theater, home to the Masquers theatre troupe for more than four decades, is in the process of renovation and is scheduled to reopen spring 2009. The facility is being transformed into a state of art multiple theater and camera studio complex.
The new temporary home for the Masquers theatre troupe is the Masquers Chinese Theatre (MCT), located in Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St.
As an homage to the famous Hollywood Boulevard movie theatre known for red carpet events, “A-list” celebrity sidewalk handprints, and a spectacular Chinese architecture exterior design, the Masquers will create a local Southside Savannah attraction worthy of similar appeal.
Patrons may purchase advance tickets to The Imaginary Invalid in person at the AASU AMT Box Office, located in the AASU Fine Arts Building. AMT box office hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays. Call 927-5381.
To purchase advance tickets by mail, please send payment (cash or check only, please) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, including a note indicating which performance and number of tickets at each price level, to:
The Imaginary Invalid Tickets
Department of Art, Music & Theatre
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419-1997
General admission tickets are only $10. Senior citizens, military personnel, AASU alumni, and non-AASU students may purchase tickets for only $8. (cash or check only, please). Please make checks payable to AASU.
Free admission for AASU students, faculty, and staff upon presentation of valid AASU I.D.
Seating is limited. Advance ticketing is highly recommended. Any remaining tickets are available at the doors one hour before the show.
For more information about auditions or about the Masquers theatre program, contact: the AASU Fine Arts Box Office at 927-5381 between the hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays.