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'Le TRAC' presents 'Le Malade imaginaire'

Release date: March 07, 2012

The French acting troupe Le Theatre Rural d'Animation Culturelle ("Le TRAC") presents Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid) in Goucher College's Mildred Dunnock Theatre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8.

These performances are open to the public. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved at 410-337-6512 or www.goucher.edu/theatretix. For more information, contact Professor of French Mark Ingram at 410-337-6234/ mingram@goucher.edu or Associate Professor of Theatre Rebecca Free at 410-337-6273/ rfree@goucher.edu.

This farcical classic will be performed in French, with an English synopsis, and it will feature members of the campus community in the cast.

First performed in1673, Molière's final masterpiece is a satirical and timeless tale of trust and betrayal, health and illness. Argan, a hypochondriac who is exploited by his rapacious second wife Béline, vetoes the marriage of his daughter Angélique to Cléante because he wants a doctor for a son-in-law. His choice falls on the pedantic Thomas Diafoirus. Argan's brother Béralde and his servant Toinette join forces to thwart both the marriage and Béline's designs on her husband's money. By making Argan fake his death, Béralde and Toinette expose his wife's callousness and his daughter's real affection for him. Béralde then convinces Argan to become a doctor himself to satisfy his desire for constant medical attention.

Le Theatre Rural d'Animation Culturelle is a nonprofit theater company based in Beaumes-de-Venise in southern France. Le TRAC has toured widely in Europe and North Africa and has come to the United States on several occasions. The troupe's lively productions have entertained audiences at all levels of proficiency in French, though its performers also have considerable experience performing in non-French-speaking environments.

The cast also will include Goucher students Alex Crockett, Caitlin Donohue, Andrew Rainey, and Daniel St. Ours as actors and Jackie Cast, Caitlin Donohue, and Victoria Simons as singers.

The troupe's residency is sponsored by the departments of Theatre and of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the Elizabeth B. and David Allan Robertson Lectureship Fund; the Schmidt Fund; the French and Open Circle theatre clubs; and the Student Government Association.