by Margaret Edson
With humor and heart, Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the human soul and celebrates what joins us together as one community. Dr. Vivian Bearing, an English professor and renowned John Donne scholar, has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is admitted to an experimental chemotherapy program at a teaching hospital. As she journeys through the medical system she begins to reassess her life and reinterpret her work. From doctors and nurses to friends and family, Vivian is transformed by those who help her navigate the challenges she must face.
Presented by Wake Forest Baptist Health
The words of 17th Century poet John Donne are projected onto the main stage, casting the silhouette of a frail and dying Vivian Bearing, who sporadically lectures on the genius of Donne’s metaphysical connection to death. It’s a turning point for Bearing, who’s beginning to understand that the intelligence she’s worn like armor has kept her from embracing life’s lighter and sometimes more meaningful moments. It’s also the moment when Wit, presented by Baptist Hospital, draws the audience’s first tears.
"It’s an intense, profound story, and Triad Stage’s production is fierce and powerful."
by Lynn Felder
Art has the power to transmute pain, transform suffering and give it meaning. But first, pain and suffering have the power to transform us. They come unbidden. We don’t go shopping for them. They don’t need to be courted, but once they arrive, it’s our job to find the gifts that are hidden in them. Or you can resign yourself to being miserable.
The human body is quite complex, which is why it takes years of studying to become a doctor. But apparently it also takes a lot of hard focus and studying to even pretend to be a doctor—that is if you want your production to be of the upmost quality. And that’s exactly the extent to which Triad Stage went in order to nail down every detail of Wit.