To contextualize a 17th century play, the Program in the Humanities has assembled a panel of experts.
The department will host “The Imaginary Invalid: Health, Illness, and Narrative,” a seminar in conjunction with PlayMakers Repertory Company’s adapted presentation of Moliere’s comedy.
Today and Saturday, UNC professors will discuss the costumes, comedic tools and medicinal aspects of director Dominque Serrand’s adaptation of “The Imaginary Invalid,” which runs until Nov. 11.
“We try to extend the conversation,” said Eve Duffy, director of the humanities department.
Jade Bettin, a dramatic arts professor, will start the seminar with her panel “Conveying Comedy through Costume.”
“They like to bring in someone who’s connected with (the Center for Dramatic Arts) that can give kind of the inside scoop on what’s going on,” Bettin said.
Bettin helped make the costumes that Sonya Berlovitz — a member of Serrand’s artistic team — designed. Bettin said she will also discuss the historic inspiration of the costumes.
“The language of costumes that Moliere’s actors would have appeared on stage in would have appeared foreign to us,” Bettin said. “It would distance the audience a bit.”
Thomas Stumpf, a retired professor of English and comparative literature at UNC, said it is rare to see adaptations that are very similar to the original work.