Performing Arts: Moliere in the Garden

In its inaugural production, hosted by the Dumbarton House in Georgetown, the Picnic Theatre Company presented Moliere’s The Hypochondriac with partial proceeds benefiting Clowns Without Borders.

Christna Sevilla as Tionette and Jessica Tribe as Angelique in the Picnic Theatre Company's outdoor production of Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" at Dumbarton House in Georgetown, Washington DC, June 9th 2010. (Photo By Thisisbossi)

Christna Sevilla as Tionette and Jessica Tribe as Angelique in the Picnic Theatre Company's outdoor production of Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" at Dumbarton House in Georgetown, Washington DC, June 9th 2010. (Photo By Thisisbossi). Cc-by-nc-sa, Andrew Bossi, Flickr.

The creative roots of the Picnic Theatre Company can be found within the personal histories of  and . Robinson was an active member of touring theatre groups in the U.K. and knew the format would work well in D.C. MacPhail, originally  from France, is part of Clowns Without Borders, an organization that brings humor into crisis zones to entertain children around the world. He  initially worked as a clown in the Balkans and now serves as a project manager for Sudan, Columbia and Haiti. Acting as host for the performance is the Dumbarton House in Georgetown.

Combining their love of acting with philanthropy, the two gathered their friends – some of whom had acted before, some of whom had not – and put together an outdoor evening production of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac.

directed the play, breaking free from his familiar medium of documentary films to help bring this stage production to life. Robinson played Argan, Moliere’s irascible hypochondriac, and McPhail played his brother, Beralde, with a huge personality!

played the maid Toinette, constantly meddling in the family business. , played Angelique, Argan’s daughter who is in love with one man and being forced by her father to marry another. played Argan’s beautiful and gold-digging wife, Beline.

played Angelique’s true love Cleante. played Dr. Purgon, Argan’s doctor of dubious education, and he was accompanied by Washington Life’s own Executive Editor , who played Purgon’s awkward son. The entire cast moved energetically through this one-act adaptation, charming everyone all with their physical comedy and wit.

The audience, spread out on blankets with picnic baskets or wine and crepes catered by Cafe Bonaparte, was appreciative and thoroughly entertained. We eagerly anticipate future projects by the Picnic Theatre Company.

VIEW ALL OF THISISBOSSI’s PICTURES FROM THE PLAY HERE.

For more information about the museum at the Dumbarton House and the numerous programs they offer, visit their website. For more information about Clowns Without Borders, visit their website.

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  1. January 23, 2011

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