In Margaret Edson’s Wit, the character Vivian Bearing journeys from stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis and high-dosage experimental chemotherapy. Along the way, she also undergoes self-conviction, humility and grace.
Austin Scottish Rite Theater teams up with The Final Acts Project to present Margaret Edson’s dark comedy, Wit. Taking the role of both narrator and player in her own tragedy, the character Vivian Bearing shifts from real time to the past through her journey from stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis and high-dosage experimental chemotherapy. Along the way, she undergoes self-conviction, humility and grace.
Playwright Margaret Edson received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Wit, her first play. Wit also received Best New Play award in 1999 from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
Kristin Fern Johnson, in the leading role, joins a stellar cast: Delanté Keys, Megan Ortiz, Craig Hurwitz, Chris Humphrey, Olivia Jiménez, Stan Kern, and Kathryn Blackbird, with live guitar accompaniment by Darrel Mayers. Design by Leilah Stewart (scenic), Desiree Humphries (costume),and Deanna Belardinelli (lighting).
Each show will be followed by a discussion with guest speakers from the health professions.
Funded in part by the St. David’s Foundation
by Margaret Edson
Directed by Susan Gayle Todd
August 10-25, 2018
General admission $25
2018/08/10 - 2018/08/25
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One of the co-founders of the Long Center, Jo Anne Christian was one of Austin’s most prominent civic leaders, and a good friend to the arts. This production of WIT will honor Jo Anne Christian for her dedication and support of the great cultural and artistic growth on Austin on opening night, August 10.