Mercer Island High School's drama department presents an adaptation this weekend and next of Moliere's famous comedy, "A Doctor In Spite of Himself", into a wacky, crazy romp through a mental facility.
MIHS Drama teacher Daniela Melgar presents "a silly and farcical play" written by local playwright Matt Lyman, who adapted the original story about a simple man tricked into being a doctor and set it in a modern-day mental hospital.
"I thought this play would be a fun, silly, light way to begin our school year," said Melgar. "Matt worked to create plenty of characters for the Drama 2 students, with the hope that each character would have his/her own life on stage. This version, much like the original, allows for some over-the-top, at times melodramatic, and farcical character and acting choices."
The play follows the travails of Carl, a landscaper by day, who pretends to be a doctor, creating confusion and chaos, while still managing to cure a lovesick girl.
Thanks to a fast paced, slapstick humor and melodrama, the play should appeal to a wide audience and features the work of the MIHS Drama 2 students.
The play is runs Thursday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Nov. 10 and Thursday, Nov. 15 through Sat. Nov. 17. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
For tickets, contact Daniela Melgar at 206-230-6374 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.