Wit 1998

Opened: September 19, 1998

Wit - 1998 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

MCC Theater
511 West 52nd St New York, NY 10019

Wit, a one-act play written by Margaret Edson, is a powerful and poignant exploration of mortality and the human spirit in the face of terminal illness. Debuting in 1995, Wit quickly garnered critical acclaim for its insightful writing and raw emotional impact. In 1999, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, solidifying its place as a significant work of contemporary theatre.

The play centers around Vivian Bearing, a brilliant but emotionally reserved professor of Donne poetry, diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. As Vivian undergoes aggressive treatment, the audience witnesses her grapple with mortality, her strained relationship with her students and colleagues, and the search for meaning in her final days.

While cancer is a central element in the play, Wit transcends the confines of a medical drama. It delves into themes of human connection, the power of language, and the enduring search for intellectual and emotional fulfillment.

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What productions of Wit have there been?
Wit has had 3 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1998, Off-Broadway which opened in 1998 and Broadway which opened in 2012.
What awards has Wit been nominated for?
Wit has been nominated for several awards, including the Distinguished Production of a Play at the Drama League Awards. Kathleen Chalfant and John Gassner were both nominated for Performance at the Obie Awards. Margaret Edson, the playwright of Wit, was nominated for the John Gassner Playwriting Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
What awards has Wit won?
Wit has won several awards, including the Distinguished Production of a Play at the Drama League Awards. Kathleen Chalfant and John Gassner both received Performance awards at the Obie Awards. Margaret Edson, the playwright, won the John Gassner Playwriting Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. These accolades highlight the exceptional talent and success of the production.