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Online-only Auditions for our Summer 2020 Production of The Imaginary Invalid

Thank you for your interest in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s Summer 2020 Productions. We are hopeful that by July and August the Codiv 19 Pandemic Safety Measures will enable us to rehearse and perform safely.

With this in mind we have decided to move to an online audition process.  Prospective actors are encouraged to submit a video audition anytime between now and midnight Monday, May 4th, 2020.

A.E. Online Audition Submissions Checklist

1) Film an approx. 1 minute Comedic Monologue

2) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Subject line: Actor Name Summer 2020 Submission. Attach:​​
    a) ​Filmed monologue (format mp4)
    b) Resume (if you do not have a resume, add any relevant experience to the Audition form below)
3) Fill out Audition Form: <Click Here>

4) If you are having trouble submitting or are unable to film yourself please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we are happy to find a way to accommodate you either by setting up a zoom appointment or another creative way for you to audition. ​

5) If you are new to auditioning we have suggested monologues available upon request.

We encourage both theatre veterans (Non AEA) and newcomers to audition - if this is your first time - write us and we will help you through the process. A.E. is an entirely volunteer company, though actors do receive a portion of performance donations in alignment with AB5. Refreshments (hot dogs (veggie and regular), corn-on-the-cob, and bottled water) provided free to the cast during the performances. We regularly cast cross-gender and cross-type, and we actively seek folks of all ages, races, genders, and persuasions to audition.  Ages and Genders specified below are characteristics of the role, not necessarily of the actor playing the role.

Summer 2020 Show Information:

The Imaginary Invalid
By Moliere
Adapted/ Directed by Meryn MacDougall
Performances Sat/Sun  called at 3 p.m.
August 22nd - September 6th
plus Labor Day, September 7th
Rehearsals July- August


Imaginary Invalid: Argan, rich and the head of his family, is a hypochondriac. He is being taken advantage of by his Private Care Doctor (who uses Argan’s illness to siphon as much money as possible) and his second wife (who is trying to scheme to inherit everything for herself). Trapped and influenced by these two forces, Argan forbids his daughter from marrying the man she loves, instead marrying her off to his Doctor’s son in an attempt for free health care. Argan cannot see who truly has his best interests at heart.  Angelique, his daughter, is the one person who loves Argan unconditionally. Beralde, his brother, is an advocate for accessible public health care and mental health especially when it comes to Argan’s health. Finally, Toinette, the sassy family maid, who is the only wise person in the house and (in true Commedia dell’arte form) manipulates every character and situation to produce the play’s happy ending. This play is a non-stop farce, and has high energy


Imaginary Invalid
Argan: Imaginary Invalid. Older male
Operator 1: No Requirement
Operator 2: No Requirement
Toinette: Maid. Female, No Age
Beline: 2nd wife/ spouse. No Requirements
Angelique: Argan’s Daughter. Female, younger
Beralde: Argan’s Sibling
Cleante: Angelique’s Love
Mr. Diaforius: Older male
Thomas Diaforius: Younger Male
Bonnefoi: Notary No/Req
(some characters double cast)
Actors Ensemble
P.O. Box 663
Berkeley, CA 94701
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A 501(3)(c) organization

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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