During her final hours, Dr. Vivian Bearing, recounts her battle with cancer and struggles to accept her approaching end. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Margaret Edson’s play is a haunting tale of loss and meditation on life; it will be directed by Marti Lyons. In 2015, The Hypocrites were not alone in losing many beloved collaborators and friends, most of whom were taken by illness. This production of Wit will be our exploration of the complicated feelings that seized us all and an homage to those we lost.
Playing at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago – Get Tickets Today
“Wit is one of the bravest plays I have ever read,” comment director Marti Lyons. “In it, Margaret Edson, the playwright faces illness, mortality and death head on through her lead character, Dr. Vivian Bearing. Through Vivian’s bout with ovarian cancer and her life-long exploration of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, the play is an investigation of what it means to live, a meditation on what it means to die, and a mourning for the deep loss inherent in the brevity of our time on this earth.” – Marti Lyons
|Marti Lyons is a freelance director based in Chicago. She is currently directing Wondrous Strange by Meg Miroshnik, Martyna Majok, Jen Silverman, and Jiehae Park for the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, starring the theatre’s Apprentice Company. Most recently directed Will Eno’s Title and Deed for Lookingglass Theatre Company and a reading of Martín Zimmerman’s On The Exhale for the Goodman Theatre where she received the 2015 Maggio directing fellowship. She has directed Laura Marks’ Bethany and Mine and Will Nedved’s Body and Blood for The Gift Theatre, where she is an ensemble member. In addition; Catherine Trieschmann’s Hot Georgia Sunday for Haven Theatre; 9 Circles by Bill Cain, Maria/Stuart by Jason Grote, and co-directed The Golden Dragon for Sideshow Theatre, as well as The Peacock by Calamity West for Jackalope Theatre. Marti just opened Mai Dang Lao by David Jacobi for Sideshow, and next up will direct Prowess by Ike Holter for Jackalope, and City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina for Northlight Theatre Company.|