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Marriage, Medicine, Money, and Mayhem:

French Farces
by Molière and Feydeau

Directed by
Jim Carmody, Heather Ramey & Laura Brueckner

Translated by Jim Carmody

@ The Arthur Wagner Theatre

February 24 - February 27


About the Plays

Molière, Doctor For A Day
(Le médecin malgré lui, 1666).

A wine-guzzling, wife-beating firewood gatherer spends a terrifying day as a celebrity doctor performing a miracle cure.

Feydeau, Baby Can’t Go Potty
(On purge bébé, 1910).

An entrepreneur with new technology for manufacturing indestructible chamber pots desperately negotiates a government contract as his constipated son and contentious wife make a few changes around the house.


About the Playwrights

Widely acknowledged the greatest comic actor and farceur of his time, Molière (1622-1673) wrote the most enduring comic dramas of 17th century. His plays range over every genre from vulgar farce to the most refined poetic comedy of manners (frequently in the same play) and are celebrated for their satirical treatment of characters afflicted by pretentiousness, consumed by greed, and deformed by moral and religious hypocrisy. Again and again, his plays explore the flaws and pains of the institution of marriage: the anguish of arranged marriages, the daily violence of couples who cannot or will not collaborate or communicate with each other. Molière's own marrriage was famously troubled and a staple of everyday gossip. Deeply informed by the Italian commedia dell’arte (Molière shared a theatre with an Italian commedia troupe), Doctor for a Day combines a troubled, violent marriage with a farcical satire of doctors and medicine and a romantic rescue of a young girl resisting an arranged marriage.


Georges Feydeau (1862-1921) began writing plays to avoid doing schoolwork and became the most provocative and successful French comic playwright since Molière. Feydeau's intricately plotted plays serve up detailed and merciless portrayals of Parisian life at the turn of the century: the hapless husband, the termagant wife, the glittering society couple, and their lovers on the side, all accompanied by a parade of rapacious merchants, lusty doctors, unheroic soldiers, and bewildered tourists. Feydeau renders his characters and the increasingly bizarre events that confound them through razor-sharp dialogue and increasingly out-of-control behavior, creating a theatre that skewers the social pretentions and slippery ethics of Belle Epoque society. According to Feydeau’s son Jacques, Baby Can’t Go Potty is a fairly accurate description of an episode from their family life.


About the Directors

JIM CARMODY (PhD, Stanford University) studied at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Paris before coming to the United States to study at Stanford. He graduated from Stanford with a PhD in Drama in 1986. He is the author of Rereading Molière and numerous articles, principally dealing with classical and contemporary French drama. Much of his work deals with the history of mise en scène and problems of translation. He serves on the Editorial Board of Le Nouveau Moliériste and was a member of the inaugural Artistic Committee of Etant Donnés: The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts. He was one of the founding editors of TheatreForum, and continues to serve as one of its editors. As chair of the department in the early 1990s, he was responsible for designing the UCSD/UCI Joint Doctoral Program in Theatre and Drama, in collaboration with UCI faculty members Stephen Barker and David McDonald, and he became the founding head of the program at UCSD. In addition to his scholarly work, he has directed over 50 productions and translated several plays, including plays by Molière and Marivaux. He is currently working on a number of projects related to the staging of Molière's plays in the United States.

Heather Ramey
is a second year Ph.D. student at UCSD. Heather has directed plays for adults and youth in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. She holds an MA from Cal State, Northridge and a B.F.A. in Acting from NYU. Her academic interests include eco-theater, landscape, and performance events. Heather is co-directing Doctor For A Day.



Laura Brueckner
is a director, dramaturg, and theatre historian with a special fondness for rude comedy. Favorite past directing projects include a slapstick Twelfth Night; an original commedia dell’arte-style fiasco, La Scuola di Stravaganza; and the bawdy and vulgar Broadside Music Hall. Laura is co-directing Baby Can't Go Potty.


The Cast

 Doctor for a DayBaby Can’t Go Potty
Erin BennettLucasMadame Auguste
Alexandra FreemanGeorgeHorace
Nicole KeepersJackie------------
Dana MurphyHarold/Joe/JakeyAuguste
Leana SavoieMartineJulie
Brentan SchellenbachSlickMartin, Auguste’s Assistant
Annelise ShaferLucindaRose
Tessa StrainVal/LeoToto
Emily TracyJohnMarchand

The Creative Team

Jim CarmodyDirector
Laura BruecknerCo-Director
Heather RameyCo-Director
Jaymee NgernwichitScenic Designer
Eddie SaitLighting Designer
Mary Summerday Costume Designer
Melanie ChenAssistant Scenic Designer
Kristyn KennedyAssistant Lighting Designer
Sophia J. DaudAssistant Costume Designer
Kelly HardyProduction Stage Manager
Ashley LaneAssistant Stage Manager



Wed,Feb. 24,8:00 pm OPENING
Thu,Feb. 25,8:00 pm  
Fri,Feb. 26,8:00 pm  
Sat,Feb. 27,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Feb. 27,8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: The Arthur Wagner Theatre

Open Seating -- No Reserved Seating

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at the The Arthur Wagner Theatre (Galbraith Hall). 


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Production Photos

Photos by Jim Carmody

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