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Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Oppenheimer Award


by Margaret Edson

LIVE on the Mainstage

December 30, 2021-January 16, 2022


Margaret Edson's powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence's unifying experiences ― mortality ― while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships.

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This production is made possible, in part, by the support of the Puffin Foundation and with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.


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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, and her cancer, is aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prized 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.



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Vivian Bearing   Erin Cronican*
Jason Posner, MD   Robin Friend
Susie Monahan, RN   Brynn Asha Walker*
Professor EM Ashford   Kathleen Mary Carthy*
Dr. Harvey Kelekian/Mr. Bearing   Christopher James Murray
Ensemble 1   TBA
Ensemble 2   TBA
Playwright   Margaret Edson
Director   Brynn Asha Walker
Stage Management   TBA
Producers   Erin Cronican and Brynn Asha Walker
Scenic and Costume Design   Erin Cronican
Sound Design   Brynn Asha Walker
Associate Producer - Outreach   William Ketter
* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association


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Reviews and Audience Response for WIT:


For the Original Production:


“Among the finest plays of the decade . . . An original and urgent work of art.” ―David Lyons, The Wall Street Journal

“A dazzling and humane play you will remember till your dying day.” ―John Simon, New York magazine

“[A] brutally human and beautifully layered new play . . . You will feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” ―Peter Marks, The New York Times

“A one-of-a-kind experience: wise, thoughtful, witty and wrenching.” ―Vincent Canby, The New York Times Year in Review

“A thrilling, exciting evening in the theater . . . [Wit is] an extraordinary and most moving play.” ―Clive Barnes, New York Post

“Wit is exquisite . . . an exhilarating and harrowing 90-minute revelation.
” ―Linda Winer, Newsday

“Edson writes superbly . . . [A] moving, enthralling and challenging experience that reminds you what theater is for.” ―Fintan O'Toole, New York Daily News



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