St. John's Players: Wit | City Of St. John's

St. John's Players: Wit

Repeats every day until Sun Mar 11 2018 .
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Barbara Barrett Theatre, Arts and Culture Centre, 95 Allandale Road

The St. John's Players proudly present Wit. A play by Margaret Edson, directed by Louise Kearley. 

Vivian Bearing, a brilliant and uncompromising professor of English Literature who has spent years specializing in the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. She agrees to undergo an experimental chemotherapy treatment that, although not guaranteed to save her, will provide excellent research data for the future of oncology. Once the teacher, she is now the student, learning everything she can about the disease and constantly at the mercy of the doctors in authority.

Over the course of her treatment, she begins to seek the warmth and care that, in her quest for excellence, she denied her students during her many years of teaching. Professor Bearing valiantly braves all eight rounds of the chemotherapy, but is told the tumor has not been completely dispelled, and there is nothing else that can be done. Confined to a hospital bed, with her life nearing its final chapter and the memory of her academia past as her coping mechanism, Vivian discovers grace, forgiveness and above all, her true self, in the nick of time.

Pulitzer-prize winning Wit is a striking and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of existence and the complex relationship between knowledge and compassion.
"Every once in a while a play comes along that bonds people together in extraordinary ways. The play "isn't a tearful lecture on how to die; it's a dry-eyed lesson on how to live--with simplicity and kindness." - The Boston Globe.

Performing March 8-11, 8 p.m. Barbara Barrett Theatre, Arts and Culture Centre

Tickets on sale now at 729-3900 or     
 * Not recommended for children