by Margaret Edson
10 June – 10 July 2010
“Clever, cheeky and just plain funny, W;t puts heart and head in the same room and finds they have a pretty inspiring conversation”. – Concrete Playground
“Nothing but a breath – a comma – separates life from life everlasting. It is very simple really.”
ABOUT THE SHOW
Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English, has devoted her life to rigorous academic pursuits. In her 50s, unmarried, childless, without family, her life revolves around her study of the metaphysical 17th century poet John Donne. She is tough, demanding and uncompromising as both scholar and teacher.
When Vivian is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer she determines to battle this illness using the same methodical and rational approach she uses in her work. In an attempt to beat the disease, Vivian embarks on a radical treatment program. The health professionals she encounters view her as little more than a medical experiment and she gradually realises that she would much prefer kindness and compassion to intellect. As she tries to reconcile mind and body, Vivian comes to appreciate what is truly valuable in her life.
A subtle and intelligent play that asks us to question the way we live our lives, the choices we make and the relationships we form, W;t is that rare beast: art that engages both the heart and the mind.
Winner – Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner – Best New Play – New York Drama Critics Circle
Director Jane Eakin
Set Designer James Croke
Costume Designer Erica Heller-Wagner
Lighting Designers Siobhan Callanan and Deidre Math
Production Manager Wendy Nguyen
Stage Manager Zoe Jones
Assistant Stage Manager Samantha Roylance
Karen Bayly, Matt Butcher, Matt Charleston, Matt Ford, Margaret McManus, Adele Moleta, Scott Parker, Shondelle Pratt, Chloë Schwank, Bridgette Sneddon.
Thurs – Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm
Group $22 (10+)
School Groups $17 (10+)
Preview Wednesday 9 June $10
“Pay What You Can”Sunday 13 June @ 5pm (minimum $10 – in person from 1 hour prior to performance. Subject to availability)
Student Rush $17 (conditions apply)
105 minutes with no interval
by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia