Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center presents Margaret Edson’s play in Winston-Salem Sept. 30 – Oct. 17, 2015
"This is not just a cancer play. Triad Stage realizes the deep heart and humor of Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play on stage. Wit 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. Wit runs September 30 – October 17, 2015. Opening Night is Saturday, October 3. Wit is presented by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
“This is drama, and a self-aware one at that, and the play will not allow Vivian, nor us, any distance,” says director Dani Keil. “At first we are one of witty intellectuals, detached scientists and bold researchers, but later our spirits are involved [in Vivian’s story].”
The creative team includes: director Dani Keil, scenic designer Fred Kinney, costume designer Sofia Gonzalez, lighting designer Norman Coates, and sound designer Taylor Dankovich. The dramaturg is Tamera Izler, Christine Morris is the resident vocal coach, Denise Gabrielis the resident movement coach, Jim Wren is the resident fight choreographer, Cindi Rush is the casting director, and the stage manager isLara Tenenbaum.
The cast includes Triad Stage alum Kate Goehring from The Glass Menagerie; The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; and The Little Foxes as “Dr. Vivian Bearing.” Mark Coffin, seen earlier this year the New York Musical Theater Festival as “Hugh” in Wearing Black,for which he received an Outstanding Individual Performance award, makes his Triad Stage debut as “Dr. Harvey Kelekian.” Mari Vial-Golden, seen at Triad as “Amira Halabi” in last season’s Common Enemy, joins the cast as Vivian’s nurse “Susie Monahan,” and Jackson Moran makes his Triad Stage debut as medical resident “Dr. Jason Posner.” Alex Bodine, Brittany Polk, Chesley Polk, and Alysa Rambomake their Triad Stage debuts as the ensemble. Lesley Hunt, seen in Triad Stage’s Bell, Book and Candle and Tobacco Road, rounds out the cast.
Biographies of the cast and creative team, and more information on the production can be found online at www.triadstage.org.
PERFORMANCE AND SPECIAL EVENT INFORMATION
All performances are at Triad Stage at Hanesbrands Theatre, located at 209 Spruce St N in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (at the corner of Spruce St. and Second St.).
Show times for Wit are 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. Additional matinee performances will be on Wednesday, October 14 and Saturday, October 17. Performances for the following dates are sold out: October 7, October 8, October 15 and October 16.
Opening Night, sponsored by BB&T, is Saturday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can performances are Wednesday, September 30,and Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. Wine Tasting Friday, sponsored by Bernard Robinson and Company, is Friday, October 2, prior to the evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance. Sunday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. is the Audio Described and Sign Language Interpreted Performance, with Arts Access providing services for the visually impaired. Sign Interpreted services are provided by the Greensboro Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Technically Talking, a behind-the-scenes discussion with members of the design team is Thursday, October 1, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. preview performance.
The InSight Series, the free humanities program sponsored by Pennybyrn at Maryfield, with a noted expert who will be discussing the world of the play will be held on Sunday, October 4, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance. The Insight speaker will be Dr. Mary DeShazer, Professor Emerita of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University
PostScript, a lively, open discussion with the cast, will be held on Thursday, October 8, in The UpStage Cabaret immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance. The PostScript series is sponsored by Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale, LLP.
ABOUT TRIAD STAGE
Triad Stage is a professional not-for-profit regional theater company based in Greensboro’s downtown historic district. All Triad Stage productions are created in the Triad using the best of local and national talent. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its Season Sponsors: Blue Zoom, the North Carolina Arts Council, Arts Greensboro and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.Wit is presented with support from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Triad Stage’s 15th Anniversary Season continues in October with Deathtrap by Ira Levin, (October 18 – November 8, 2015); Vrooommm! a NASComedy by Janet Allard (January 27 – February 14, 2016 at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem); Radiunt Abundunt, a world premiere by Preston Lane with original music by Laurelyn Dossett (February 21 – March 13, 2016); an American classic Fences, by August Wilson (April 10 – May 1, 2016); and closing the season is a sexy comedy by Moliére, Don Juan (June 5 – 26, 2016).
For the holidays, Triad Stage presents the return of the family favorite Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (November 27 – December 24, 2015 in Greensboro) and the holiday classic A Christmas Carol (November 27 – December 24, 2015 in Winston-Salem).
Season Passes and single tickets are on sale now.
All Triad Stage productions feature the bold acting and breathtaking design that have been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journaland by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, which named Triad Stage one of the top ten most promising theatres in the country as a recipient of the 2010 National Theatre Company Grant. Triad Stage has also earned accolades including “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” for The Glass Menagerie by Triangle Arts & Entertainment magazine; “One of the Best Regional Theatres in America”, New York’s Drama League; “Best Live Theater” (nine years running), Go Triad/News & Record and The Rhinoceros Times; and “Professional Theater of the Year” (2003, 2011), North Carolina Theatre Conference.
To purchase tickets or for performance information on Wit, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336.272.0160 or toll-free at 866.579.TIXX (8499), or visit www.triadstage.org."
- A Press Release