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Knock or the Triumph of Medicine

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, GenerationTheatre offers its audience a free run of Knock or the Triumph of Medicine, Jules Romains’s celebrated 1923 comedy about the relationship between medicine and money.  Translated and directed by David Valayre, the production runs September 8 through 18 with curtain times on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m., at the Southside Theatre, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

When broke and ambitious Dr. Knock arrives in the small French village of Saint-Maurice, no one cares much about medicine – least of all retiring Dr. Parpalaid, who typically prescribed chamomile and a good night’s sleep for most ailments.  Knock’s ambition is to boost what he calls “medical penetration” in the county – not so much the peace of mind of the population as the value of his practice.  For Dr. Knock, “a person in good health is a sick person in denial.”