Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents new adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, Nov. 14-18

Author: Stacey Stewart

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Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, adapted by Constance Congdon from a new translation by Notre Dame alumnus Dan Smith (’98), in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 14-18.


Molière’s classic 17th century comedy – in which a determined hypochondriac, awash in medical bills, desperately tries to marry off his daughter to a doctor in order to acquire free medical care – might be easy to dismiss as “a piece of comfortable, picturesque museum theatre,” says director Carys Kresny. “But in Constance Congdon’s sparkling contemporary adaptation, Molière celebrates humanity, punctures dogma, defies shame, and lets us laugh at ourselves for simply being human.”


“In today’s world, surrounded by never-ending debates about health care,” says FTT Director of Theatre Kevin Dreyer, “The Imaginary Invalid provides an outlandish solution. Our director and our costume designer, Richard E. Donnelly, have conspired to bring the same wacky, modern-day humor into the eclectic costume design.”


FTT is pleased to welcome translator Dan Smith (’98) back to campus for the production. Currently Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Michigan State University, Smith is a dramaturg and theatre historian with research interests in 17th and 18th century French theatre, history of sexuality, and translation studies. He will meet with the cast and visit several classes in FTT and the Department of Romance Languages to speak about the process of translation.


Wednesday, November 14 – Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm


Student $7, Faculty/Staff/Senior (65+) $12, General $15.  Additional discounts available for groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 574-631-2800, or in person at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office. Ticket office hours are Monday­-Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm.


PARKING:  Free parking is available daily after 5:00 pm in the Stayer Center parking lot, just north of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.  Patrons may now receive free event parking at the Eddy Street Commons Parking Garage by bringing your event tickets and parking ticket to the DPAC Ticket Office to receive a pre-paid parking voucher.


An accessible lot for disabled patrons is available immediately adjacent to the center; a valid hangtag or license plate is required.  There is a ten-minute parking zone on the north drive of the center for ticket pick-up; during inclement weather you are welcome to drop off guests in this area and proceed to parking.


Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre seeks to inspire intellectual inquiry and nurture creativity. We offer both a scholarly and a creative context for the general liberal arts student at Notre Dame as well as those students seeking intensive preparation for advanced study in these fields.  The hands-on nature of our curriculum, coupled with a very high degree of student-faculty interaction, provides students with a singular educational opportunity at a university known for its teaching excellence. The FTT performance season is a direct outgrowth of the department’s academic program and an integral component of our students’ artistic development.


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