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The Doctor In Spite of Himself — Farce

DrInSpiteLOGOby Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Adapted & Translated by J.D. Newman

(Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, and other Youth Theatre Groups)

The long-suffering wife of Sganarelle, a woodcutter and former doctor’s assistant, decides to avenge herself for her husband’s neglect and abuse. She convinces two servants who are seeking a physician that they must beat her brilliant but eccentric husband until he admits to being a doctor.  When confronted by the servants, Sganarelle repeatedly denies any knowledge of medicine, but when they beat him, he decides to go along with their presumption. Sganarelle is brought by the servants to their master whose daughter has become mute.   He makes an effective pretense of trying to cure the daughter, quoting Latin and doing what he has seen other doctors do.  The lover of the master’s daughter confides to Sganarelle that the young woman is faking muteness in order to escape an unwanted marriage to an old man.  Sganarelle helps the young lovers to elope but in doing so puts his own life in jeopardy.  Sganarelle is rescued from hanging when the lovers return and the young man announces that his rich uncle has died, conveniently making him a suitable suitor.  Sganarelle is forgiven and returns home with his wife, insisting that she must respect him now that he has become a doctor.


PLAY DETAILS:

  • 3m 2w 5either gender
  • 1 interior 1 exterior
  • Order #3129

Available for ALL producing groups.


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • Perusal Pages File Available here: DrInSpitePERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first two acts of the three-act play along with all background information.
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

PURCHASING REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address) Before we ship any rehearsal material we will need your performance dates, the name of your organization and the theatre where you will perform.

    • Script in PDF format — Order #3129a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production) This script includes the sheet music for the folk songs that are sung by the characters in this play.



    • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3129d : $65




    • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3129e : $55




    • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application

 EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


PRODUCTIONS:

  • PREMIERE at Highland High School in 1992

BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
The Doctor In Spite of Himself
Adapted and Translated by
J.D. Newman

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
The Doctor in Spite of Himself is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


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