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Ribald slapstick at its finest! Talent to aMuse Theatre Co. is raising funds for its June production of this classic French comedy.

                              ....MOLIÈRE!

UPDATE: ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE ACTORS!

REVIEWERS LOVE!

This very good Invalid approaches them all.
–Marty Westlin, wordsarenotenough.info

..Weinberg-Harter is just the right amount of fussy kook infused with just a dash of likeable old man..
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…Talent to aMuse does not disappoint...
–Kristen Fogle, San Diego Drama King, sandiegodramaking.blogspot.com

This production transported the audience to a past time yet it’s relevance to today audience was astounding.
–Rosemarie Ballard (unpublished)

AUDIENCES RAVE!

4.3/5 STARS on Goldstar!

Congratulations to everyone on a terrific opening night! I encourage everyone to check out this really fun production of a classic comedy which is still hilarious and relevant today.
–Celeste Innocenti, Facebook

Congratulations, Talent to aMuse Theatre, on your stylish, lively performance of one of Moliere's great plays. From the letter perfect comic antics of George Weinberg-Harter to the zany support of maid-to-order Sandy Hotchkiss Gullans to the exquisite blend of elegance and horseplay in Carla Navarro, this play is a joy! Don't miss it...these are the doctor's orders!
–Doug Hoehn, Facebook

Great show tonight. I loved all the bits of action obviously dreamed up by your director. George and Sandy work so well together, as do Carla and Josh. ... Ms. Pearson STOLE that nurse scene! My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time. Thanks for the laughs.
–David Berg, Facebook

The recipient of BEST OF picks by local newspapers in 2010 and 2011, Talent to aMuse's current project will certainly not disappoint!

The Imaginary Invalid, Molière’s last and, considered by many, best comedy is a satire of the medical profession.  This farce, written to amuse King Louis XIV, is a hilarious send-up of not only the buffoonish doctors but conniving, unscrupulous lawyers, greedy scheming wives, and, of course, miserly hypochondriacs.  Add in young lovers and a maid manipulating everyone and you have an evening of uproarious comedy that everyone will enjoy.  

Rehearsals are already underway and they are going wonderfully!  Still true to the intent and styling of the period, the play has been adapted for modern audiences with loads of ribald humor, classic slapstick physicality and amusing antics.  Even so, much of the story is surprisingly still true today!

THE NEED:

We are bringing a play to San Diego that is not often performed on San Diego stages, and now we need YOUR help in turning this masterpiece into a fantastic production!  

Our main goal with this campaign is to RAISE OUR ACTOR'S STIPENDS! 

They've been working very hard, and we want to reward them accordingly so please be generous!  Our listed goal at the right is set lower than actual need (there are 11 cast members), so anything you can give is much appreciated.

OUR FANTASTIC CAST!

  • ANGELIQUE...................Carla Navarro
  • ARGAN..........................George Weinberg-Harter
  • BELINE..........................Gail West
  • BERALDE......................James Steinberger
  • BONNEFOI.....................David Pearson
  • CLEANTE......................Josh Pinkowski
  • DR DIAFOIRUS..............Greg McAfee
  • LOUISON.......................Sofia Scafidi
  • PURGON.......................Lesley Pearson
  • THOMAS DIAFOIRUS.....Chris Fonseca
  • TOINETTE......................Sandy Hotckiss Gullans

Directed by: O.P. Hadlock

THE PLAY:

Originally an 8-hr play, complete with ballet and musical interludes (what??!), we've thankfully pared it down to digestibly-funny 1hr 45 min.  

ABOUT TALENT TO AMUSE:

Since 1999, the founders, Sandy Hotchkiss & Gail West, have consistently produced high quality productions, all with the aim of sharing seldom produced classical comedies and intriguing original works. 

Most notably are 2010's Engaged by W.S. Gilbert, which received a BEST OF pick by the San Diego Union-Tribune, and 2011's quirky musical Emilia's Sugarplum Nightmare, which won a San Diego CityBeat BEST OF pick.  The goal of Talent to aMuse Theatre Company, from its inception, has always been to both entertain and amuse audiences.

The first show of the 2012 season will be Moliere’s hilarious satire about the medical profession, The Imaginary Invalid.  After last year’s successful Christmas show, the company will again bring laughter to the holiday stage with Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge by Christopher Durang.  

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

With over 350 production credits in almost every aspect of theatre, O.P. Hadlock brings a unique array of experience to any theatrical endeavor. He earned a B.A. in Acting/ Directing and a M.A. in Scenic/Lighting Design from California State University, Long Beach .

O.P., or Patrick to those who know him, lists over 40 acting performances in a vast array of roles as well as a background in dance both on stage and television. Most recently, he has portrayed Dr. Treves in The Elephant Man, Tobias in A Delicate Balance at OnStage and Col. Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men at the Lyceum. He has directed 12 productions and written five plays, 15 screenplays, three novels and two short stories. Well over 60 productions had their graphics and publicity designed by O.P. He also held the position of Business and Promotions Manager for three theatres and an arts festival at C.S.U.F.

O.P. has worked as a Technical Director at a California University (C.S.U.S.B.) and a road house (East County Performing Arts Center). He designed lighting for 45 shows, scenic design for 26 shows, costumed 6 shows, designed sound for 21 shows, and crewed over 250 shows. He studied make-up with Richard Corson. O.P. cofounded and was technical consultant to The Rainbow Theatricans (a professional children’s theatre company that toured into shopping malls).

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