How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? These are but a few of the answerless questions posed in Margaret Edson’s 'Wit,' the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner that New York magazine says is “a dazzling and humane play that you will remember till your dying day.”
Wasatch Theatre Company is pleased to bring 'Wit' to the stage, directed by Vicki Pugmire and starring Teresa Sanderson as Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, and who 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.
In addition to the Pulitzer, Edson also received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Oppenheimer Award for 'Wit.' The New York Times called the script a “brutally human and beautifully layered play…you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted. The London Times sums up the play as being “moving, funny, and wise about the limitations of the intellect and the value of the heart.”
Joining Sanderson in the cast are Darryl Stamp (as Harvey Kelekian), Haley McCormick (as Susie Monahan), Nicholas Dunn (as Jason Posner), Sallie Cooper (as EM Ashford), and Anne Louise Brings, Maggie Goertzen, Ashley Marian Ramos, and Allen Smith (as ensemble players). The creative team includes Danny Dunn (Lighting Designer), Ann Davis (Props Designer), Linda Eyring (Costume Designer), Kit Anderton (Set Designer), Troy Klee (Sound Designer), and Jennie Pett (Stage Manager).
'Wit' opens Thursday, September 10th and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 west 300 South) through Saturday, September 26th. There will also be 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinees on September 19th and 26th. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at www.arttix.org or by calling 1-801-355-2787.
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