A Doctor in Spite of Himself

Molière, adapted by Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp
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Molière's classic comedy comes to uproarious new life in a clever and contemporary adaptation Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp. The traditional story of a girl feigning illness to avoid an unwanted wedding erupts into hilarity when a pretend physician proves that love and laughter remain life's best medicine.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (3 female, 7 male, doubling)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“Ingenious … There’s seemingly no end to the comic invention in this DOCTOR … a visual fun fest. ” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Gleefully ridiculous … Ludicrousness is raised to the level of high art … The pranksters pour Molière into a blender with nonstop boob jokes, hip-hop beats, an Occupy lampoon and, apropos of nothing in particular, ABBA tributes (count ’em, three!). The shtick flies … From LOL-worthy pop-culture nods to hoary old sight gags, this farce never met a punch line it didn’t like … Shout-outs to everything from Orinda and Rita Moreno to The Music Man come so fast you risk a kitsch hangover.” —San Jose Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

“Absolutely hysterical … comic magic … masterful frivolity … just what the doctor ordered.” —Theater Dogs

About the Author


  • Molière

    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622 – 1673), known as Molière, was a French dramatist, director, and actor, and one of the world's greatest masters of comic satire. Of his nearly 40 plays, his most famous are TARTUFFE, THE MISER, THE LEARNED LADIES, THE MISANTHROPE, and THE IMAGINARY INVALID.

  • Christopher Bayes

    Christopher Bayes began his theater career with the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune Lune where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer, and artistic associate. In 1989 he joined the acting company of the Guthrie Theater where he appeared in over twenty productions. His roles included Caliban in THE TEMPEST, Edgar in KING LEAR, The Herald in MARAT/SADE and Harlequin in TRIUMPH OF LOVE. In 1993, commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, he produced his one-man show THIS RIDICULOUS DREAMING based on Heinrich Boll's novel The Clown. In New York, he has directed RED NOSES by Peter Barnes, FOUR by Feydeau, THE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN, THE MOLIÈRE ONE ACTS, and THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES by Carlo Gozzi at the Juilliard School; THE IMAGINARY INVALID by Molière, THE NEW PLACE by Carlo Goldoni, WE WON'T PAY… by Dario Fo, and his new adaptation of Molière's THE RELUCTANT DOCTOR OF LOVE for New York University's Graduate Acting Program; THE RAVEN by Carlo Gozzi at NYU's Experimental Theater Wing; UBU ROI at both NYU's Experimental Theater Wing and Fordham University; and Timeslips at HERE. Additionally, he has staged several original works including WRECKAGE at P.S. 122, THE BIG DAY (a clown show) and THE FIASCO BRO, CIRCUS at the Juilliard School, ZIBALDONÉ at HERE and the Present Company Theatorium, THE FOOLS/LOS LOCOS DEL PUEBLO at Touchstone Theater, NECROMANCE, A NIGHT OF CONJURATION at Dixon Place, CLOWNS at the New York International Clown Festival and The Public Theater and EVEN MAYBE TAMMY at The Flea. Outside of New York, his directing credits include THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theater, Guthrie Theater, Arts-Emerson and Seattle Rep), THE DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF (Intiman Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep), ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep), co-production of SCAPIN at the Intiman Theater in Seattle and Court Theater in Chicago, COMEDY OF ERRORS at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Len Jenkin's new adaptation of THE BIRDS at Yale Repertory Theater, ENDGAME at Court Theater, THE MOLIÈRE IMPROMPTU at Trinity Repertory Theater. He was part of the creative team for the Broadway and Touring productions of THE 39 STEPS, for which he created additional movement and served as Movement Director. He also created the movement/choreography for John Guare's THREE KINDS OF EXILE at The Atlantic Theater. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant, a General Mills Foundation Artist Assistance Grant, and both a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant and a Career Opportunity Grant. He is a 1999/2000 Fox Fellow. He has taught classes and workshops internationally at Cirque Du Soliel, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Big Apple Circus, Interlochen Arts Center, Vassar College, Stella Adler Conservatory, Bard College, Fordham University, University of Texas Graduate Acting and Directing Programs, National Shakespeare Conservatory, University of Minnesota Graduate Acting Program, the Guthrie Theater, Iowa State University and Theater de la Jeune Lune. He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard Drama School, the Actor's Center (founding faculty & master teacher of physical comedy/clown), Yale School of Drama, the Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab, the Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C., New York University's Graduate Acting Program and Tisch School of the Arts. His most recent position was that of Clinical Professor of Theater, Speech and Dance at Brown University and Director of Movement and Physical Theater at the Brown/Trinity Consortium in Providence, RI. In 2006, however, he threw caution to the wind, packed up his family and all of his nonsense and headed back to New York City. He is currently Professor and Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama.

  • Steven Epp

    Steven Epp has been an actor in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He's played Tartuffe, Hamlet, Gulliver, and Curusoe. Most of his career was spent on the stage with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, which closed its doors in 2008. Today, Steven still is considered a master of farce and quick change.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date
ISBN 9780881456493

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Upcoming and Recent Productions


11/8/2024 – 11/10/2024
Simsbury, CT

3/24/2022 – 3/26/2022
Sam Houston State University Department Of Theatre And Musical Theatre
Huntsville, TX

12/6/2019 – 12/8/2019
North Shore Community College
Lynn, MA