WHEATON – The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Wit” by playwright Margaret Edson will be presented by Wheaton Drama through Feb. 10.
"The piece is a heartfelt drama that we feel will connect with so many people in the community, particularly those who have been impacted by cancer and other medical traumas," Wheaton Drama's creative team stated in a news release.
“Wit” tells the story of Vivian Bearing, a literature professor and lover of the work of John Donne, as she journeys through a reflection on her life and work after receiving a cancer diagnosis. The release included a question-and-answer exchange with the show's director, Lisa Dawn, exploring her process and her hopes for the moving production.
Q: What drew you to direct the drama?
A: I am always drawn to honest pieces [of theater]. Pieces that look at the flaws as well as the incredible nature of humanity and the evolution we go through as human beings because of the lives we lead and the paths we choose.
"Wit" isn't so much a play about a woman dying of cancer, as it is a play about a woman's journey into self … realizing her own humanity and what about life makes it truly worth living.
Q: What is a piece of advice you give to your actors as they prepare for this difficult and emotional piece?
A: This is an emotional piece, yes, but Margaret Edson has written it with some really beautiful humor, as well. So a big task is not to overlook that – and really not drown too deeply in the drama of it. Honesty and simplicity are the keys.
Q: Is there something you hope audiences will be able to learn from watching "Wit?”
A: “There is strength in weakness and vulnerability, beauty in pain, and that we really don't know one without the other. That every moment, no matter how trying, is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and to find deeper meaning in our lives. It should resonate a feeling of hope.
In the cast are Doreen Dawson as Vivian Bearing, Pete Gately, Garrett Ard, Ellen Hill, Dianne Wawrzyniak, Shannon Bachelder, Ed Garzaro, Tony Leyva and Elissa Wolf.
If you go
WHAT: Wheaton Drama's production of "Wit"
WHERE: Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 10
COST: $16 to $19
INFO: wheatondrama.org, 630-260-1820