Witby Margaret Edson
Pub. Date: 03/01/1999
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
In this extraordinary first play, which will move to Broadway in the winter of 1999, Margaret Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. At the start of Wit, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliantly difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to her illness is not unlike her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational, deeply witty. But during the course of her illnessand her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospitalVivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and for the audience.
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I am 15 years old and I found this play astounding. I laughed and cryed throughout the entire story. The story is so very human and meaningful to everyone. this story is touching on many levels to everyone. I would surely recomend this story to anybody. If you or someone you know is going through chemotherapy read this play. Oh and 'How are you feeling today?'
Edson¿s WIT, is one of the most touching and brilliant plays to have been published. The plays¿ brilliance lies in its plot and stage direction. WIT was also made into a drama special, which aired on HBO a few years back. The amazing performance was led by Emma Thompson, the main character, whom is a Professor struggling with cancer. If you are looking for fantastic real-life drama and something awe inspiring, WIT, is the right choice.
I have read several novels that later are filmed on movies. And I never found the films are half as good as the novels (books) themselves. If you read the book, you could dive into every character's mind, and the impression printed in your head go deeper than what can be seen on the screen; particularly, and understandingly, because films has a limit on duration. But seeing 'Wit' played on HBO, with brilliant acting by Emma Thompson (she deserved two Oscars for this play!), I couldn't imagine if the book itself would be twice as good as the movie. I doubted if such excitement exist at all.
Margaret Edson's play depicts a brilliant and dedicated but solitary professor of English dealing with ovarian cancer. Her specialization in the metaphysical poetry of John Donne serves her well with its profound meditations on life and death and intellectual wit. The passion the professor shows will uplift any reader or audience member, and will be a special treat to anyone with a passion for literature.