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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


by Margaret Edson

LIVE on the Mainstage

December 30, 2021-January 16, 2022


The Seeing Place Theater's carefully crafted, stylized production stars Erin Cronican, a real life Stage IV cancer patient in a heartfelt and searing portrayal of Vivian Bearing, who faces life's mysteries - and her humanity - head on after a devastating cancer diagnosis.

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This production is made possible, in part, by the support of the Puffin Foundation and with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.

NOTE: You must be vaccinated in order to attend this event. Masking will also be required while in our facilities.


About WIT:



Content Warning: This play includes scenes depicting cancer treatment, physical side effects, emotional trauma, and death. There is also a brief moment of nudity. A talkback will be held after every performancve for those who would like to talk through their experiences with the play.

This production stars Erin Cronican, a real life Stage IV cancer patient in a heartfelt and intimate portrayal of Vivian Bearing.

Running time: approximately 100 minutes, no intermission



Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne, and her cancer, is aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prized patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.



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Vivian Bearing, PhD   Erin Cronican*
Harvey Kelekian, MD, and others   Christopher James Murray
EM Ashford, DPhil, and others   Janice Hall*
Jason Posner, MD   Robin Friend
Susie Monahan, RN   Brynn Asha Walker*
Playwright   Margaret Edson
Director   Brynn Asha Walker
Stage Management   Emily Hardy
Producers   Erin Cronican and Brynn Asha Walker
Costume Design   Erin Cronican
Lighting Design   Scott Monnin
Sound Design   Brynn Asha Walker
Scenic Design   TBA
Press Relations   Katie Rosin, Kampfire PR
Associate Producer - Outreach   William Ketter
Associate Producer - Fundraising   Laura Clare Browne
Production Associate - Technical   Robin Friend
Marketing Associate - Program   Jon L Peacock
Marketing Associate - Social Graphics   Weronika Helena Wozniak
Marketing Associate - Digital Media   Kathleen Mary Carthy
Marketing Associate - Social Media   Christina Calcote
Press Associate - Listings   Chance Casaus
Fundraising Associate - Sponsorships   Christopher Murray
* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association


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Production Photos & Interviews


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Reviews and Audience Response for WIT:


For the Original Production:


“Among the finest plays of the decade . . . An original and urgent work of art.” ―David Lyons, The Wall Street Journal

“A dazzling and humane play you will remember till your dying day.” ―John Simon, New York magazine

“[A] brutally human and beautifully layered new play . . . You will feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” ―Peter Marks, The New York Times

“A one-of-a-kind experience: wise, thoughtful, witty and wrenching.” ―Vincent Canby, The New York Times Year in Review

“A thrilling, exciting evening in the theater . . . [Wit is] an extraordinary and most moving play.” ―Clive Barnes, New York Post

“Wit is exquisite . . . an exhilarating and harrowing 90-minute revelation.
” ―Linda Winer, Newsday

“Edson writes superbly . . . [A] moving, enthralling and challenging experience that reminds you what theater is for.” ―Fintan O'Toole, New York Daily News



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Articles about WIT:


Sunday Morning with Michael Dale

Broadway World: The Seeing Place Theater to Present Margaret Edson's WIT

Broadway Briefing: November 16, 2021



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Talkbacks for WIT:


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