January 26, 2012
March 17, 2012
As Wit begins, Dr. Vivian Bearing, a distinguished poetry professor, is diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic ovarian cancer. The play charts her experiences with experimental chemotherapy and treatment by medical professionals, with frequent pauses to discuss the poetry of John Donne.
Wit premiered at MCC Theater in September 1998, starring Kathleen Chalfant as Vivian Bearing, and quickly transferred to the Union Square Theatre for a run that continued through April 2000. The play received its Broadway debut in Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival, starring Cynthia Nixon.
Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove)
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Play Revival
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Play
After Wit won critical acclaim and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Margaret Edson returned to her life as a junior high school teacher in Atlanta and never wrote another play.