Triad Stage


September 30 - October 17, 2015


Sep 27
Sep 28
Sep 29
Wed, Sep 307:30pm
Thu, Oct 17:30pm
Fri, Oct 28:00pm
Sat, Oct 38:00pm
Sun, Oct 42:00pm
Oct 5
Oct 6
Wed, Oct 77:30pm
Thu, Oct 87:30pm
Fri, Oct 98:00pm
Sat, Oct 108:00pm
Sun, Oct 112:00pm
Oct 12
Oct 13
Wed, Oct 142:00pm7:30pm
Thu, Oct 157:30pm
Fri, Oct 168:00pm
Sat, Oct 172:00pm8:00pm



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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

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Alex Bodine
Dr. Harvey Kelekian
Mark Coffin
Dr. Vivian Bearing
Kate Goehring
E.M. Ashford
Lesley Hunt
Dr. Jason Posner
Jackson Moran
Brittany Polk
Chesley Polk
Alysa Rambo

Creative Team

Dani Keil
Scenic Designer
Fred Kinney
Costume Designer
Sofia Gonzalez
Lighting Designer
Norman Coates
Sound Designer
Taylor Dankovich
Tamera N. Izlar
Resident Movement Coach
Denise Gabriel
Resident Vocal Coach
Resident Fight Choreographer
Jim Wren
Casting Director
Cindi Rush
Stage Manager
Lara Tenenbaum
Insight Speaker
Dr. Mary DeShazer

News & Reviews Wit


Kindness stronger than wit in bout with life and death
Triad City Beat
October 7, 2015

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.

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Triad Stage's WIT is intense, full of truth and beauty
Winston-Salem Journal
October 5, 2015

"It’s an intense, profound story, and Triad Stage’s production is fierce and powerful."

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Suffering, pain from cancer can teach powerful lessons
Winston-Salem Journal
October 4, 2015

 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.

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Studying for the Stage
Yes! Weekly
September 30, 2015

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.

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