Director comments on upcoming COS?play ‘Involuntary Invalid’

Charlie Unkefer
The Imaginary Invalid will open at the College of the Siskiyous Theater on Friday, April 9.

By Charlie Unkefer

College of the Siskiyous theater director Tom Murdock says he is excited about the opening on April 9 of playwright James Magruder’s adaption of Moliere’s play “The Imaginary Invalid.”

“This will be one of the most visually stimulating pieces we have done in my three years here,” Murdoch said, referring to the contributions of costume designer Sharon Swingle and tech director Neil Carpentier-Alting.

“This modern adaptation retains some of the dancing, singing and comedic interludes of the original, which was written over 300 years ago,” said Murdock.

Murdock said the subject of the play is timely. After all, free health care is what the main character, Argon, desires. “He wants it enough though to try and force his daughter to marry a doctor, which results in hilarious consequences,” said Murdock.

The Weed Press caught up with Murdock last week to learn more about the upcoming play.

Q. What made you choose this play?

A. It is classic. A big part of our theatre education is to expose our students to the many different styles, genres, and eras of the theater.

Q. Why should people go see it?

A. Our audiences will be amazed at how relevant a 350 plus year old play is even today.

Q. Who are some of the key players?

A. We have a little bit of everything in this play... professional tango dancers. The locally renowned Mountain Gypsies are doing a harem dance, and we have a closing dance choreographed by local teacher and dance aficionado Krista Miller.

Q. How have rehearsals been going?

A. The students and crews have been working extremely hard to bring you a very unique show.

Q. Anything particularly noteworthy about the set?

A. The set for Invalid, designed by our new tech director Neil Carpentier-Alting, is really another character, you could almost say it is alive.

Q. What else should people know about this production?

A. We have chosen to place the play in what is referred to as a steam punk era, mixing the era of the industrialization of the world with the punk movement. Our costume designer Sharon Swingle has some surprises in store.

Performances will also be held on April 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.; and on April 18 at 2 p.m.

Admission is $10 each; $5 for students and seniors.

For more information call the COS public relations office at 938-5373.