Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre
bringing theatre arts to
Gladwin County since 1978.

 August 17, 18, 19 from 7pm - 9pm
"WIT" by Margaret Edson
Directed by Yvette Keast

Margaret Edson's powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize-winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence's unifying experiences--mortality--while she also probes the vital importance
of human relationships. What we as her audience take
away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that,
while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away--a lesson that can be both uplifting
and redemptive. As the playwright herself puts it, "The
play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It's about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It's about compassion,
but it shows insensitivity."

In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with
others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? How does language figure
into  our lives? Can science and art help us conquer death,
or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each
of us about life as that life comes to an end?

Auditions are open to ages 16 to 80 male and female roles available.

  • Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., 50, professor of English literature and noted authority on the 17th-century English poet John Donne, recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
  • Harvey Kelekian, M.D., Chief of Medical Oncology at the hospital and lead investigator in a research trial of a new drug protocol to treat ovarian cancer.
  • Jason Posner, M.D., 28, a clinical fellow under the supervision of Dr. Kelekian, interested in the study of cancer and the effect of the new drug protocol on treating tumors.
  • Susie Monahan, R.N., Vivian's primary care nurse on the oncology unit.
  • E.M. Ashford, scholar, Professor Emerita of English Literature, and mentor-teacher to Vivian when she was a graduate student.
  • Mr. Bearing, Vivian's father.
  • Four actors play multiple roles: Lab technicians, Clinical Fellows, students in a literature class, the hospital resuscitation Code Team

         The play takes place over the course of about 12 months in a patient room of the University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center and in various places in the memory of
Vivian \Bearing.

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York
Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award,
the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award,
and the Oppenheimer Award.

      Production Dates are October 8, 9, 10, 2015 at 8 pm and a  
   2pm matinee on October 10th.
Questions? Contact Yvette Keast at 989.802.1771 or at

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