- Runtime: Two hours and 15 minutes including intermission
- By: Margaret Edson
A deserving winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Margaret Edson’s WIT is a work of delicately calibrated opposites. It pits detached clinical observation on one side against raw human emotion on the other, while somehow making dry humor and wrenching pathos travel hand in hand. David Rooney, Hollywood Report, 2012
Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.
WIT is a must-see for any serious theatregoer. Disguised as a play about death, it is in fact a play about life. Though it may seem grim, the work is not impossible to watch despite the painful subject matter inasmuch as the audience needs not worry about whether Dr. Bearing will die, but rather how she will die. The final scene is transcendent - an overwhelming release that is incredibly beautiful to behold. As is the rest of Wit. Jerry Howard, Los Angeles Times, 1997
Rosemary Loar VIVIAN BEARING, Ph.D
Daniel Carney HARVEY KELEKIAN
Steven Dow JASON POSNER
Sadie Andros SUSIE MONAHAN
Susann Studz E.M. ASHFORD
Collin Sullivan MR. BEARING
Collin Sullivan, Kelsey Murphy, Cat Timko LAB TECHNICIANS/STUDENTS/RESIDENTS
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