|Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, WIT, directed by Brynn Asha Walker|
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|THE SEEING PLACE THEATER
"It's not my intention to give away the plot, but I think I die at the end."
Written by MARGARET EDSON
Directed by BRYNN ASHA WALKER
THREE-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
DECEMBER 30, 2021 – JANUARY 16, 2022
THE SEEING PLACE AT PARADISE FACTORY
OPENING NIGHT IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 AT 2 P.M.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THESEEINGPLACE.COM
New York, NY-November 15, 2021: THE SEEING PLACE THEATER is pleased to announce their production of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, WIT, directed by Brynn Asha Walker. WIT will play a three-week limited engagement at The Seeing Place at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003). Performances begin Thursday, December 30, 2021 and continue through Sunday, January 16, 2022. Opening Night is Sunday, January 2 (2 p.m.). Tickets are $25-$35 and are available at www.TheSeeingPlace.com.
Margaret Edson's powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize-winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence's unifying experiences - mortality - while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships.
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 prize 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.
In this carefully crafted stylized rendition from The Seeing Place Theater two of the performers have their own unique experiences with Cancer. Erin Cronican (Vivian Bearing, PhD) is currently battling Stage 4 (metastatic) Breast Cancer. She was diagnosed with this terminal disease on November 6, 2018. She's on weekly systemic chemo under the care of doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital. Robin Friend (Dr. Jason Posner) is a Testicular Cancer Survivor, who was diagnosed and treated in early-mid 2021.
The Seeing Place Theater works to inspire audiences to "social justice action" by using the themes of its plays to educate and incite change, particularly for women, LGBTQIA+, Global Majority (BIPOC), immigrants, and the disabled/those with chronic illnesses. Working with members of the community and empowering their voices is an important component of their work. In addition to Edson's membership in the LGBTQIA+ community, members of the company include Brynn Asha Walker (Susie Monahan, RN) who is a Trans actress bringing an interesting layer of complexity to the patriarchal "office politics" routinely seen in medicine. (She is also the caregiver to Cronican whom she married in August 2021). Brynn is also a member of the Global Majority (BIPOC). Kathleen Mary Carthy (EM Ashford, and others) and Christopher James Murray (Dr. Kelekian, and others) are both a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Christopher is also a member of the Global Majority (BIPOC).
The production stars Kathleen Mary Carthy (Ovation Award nominee for Wreck of the Unfathomable) as Professor EM Ashford, DPhil, Erin Cronican (Off-Broadway's This One's For The Girls, Sistas, and Danny and The Deep Blue Sea) as Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., Robin Friend (TSP's Measure for Measure and Cloud Nine) as Jason Posner, MD, and others, Christopher James Murray (Tyrannicide, The Tempest) as Harvey Kelekian, MD, and others, and Brynn Asha Walker (Off Broadway's Danny and The Deep Blue Sea, TSP's Measure for Measure) as Susie Monahan, RN, and others.
The production is Associate Produced by Will Ketter, features scenic and costume design by Erin Cronican and lighting will be by a designer to be announced at a later date. Brynn Asha Walker is the sound designer. Stage management will be announced at a later date. Publicity by Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR.
WIT plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, January 16:
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays at 7 p.m.
Saturdays at 7 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25-$35 and are available at www.TheSeeingPlace.com Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater a half-hour prior to the performance.
Running Time: 100 minutes, no intermission
Social Media: @TheSeeingPlace
The Seeing Play Theater is a proud member of ART-NY, NYIT Award Nominee, AEA Showcase Code/Theater Authority
MARGARET EDSON (Playwright) was born in Washington, DC in 1961. She earned degrees in history and literature, and she has been a public school teacher since 1992. Her play Wit won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999. The play has received hundreds of productions in dozens of languages, and the HBO version won the Emmy Award for best film in 2001. She lives with her wife and family in Atlanta and teaches sixth-grade social studies at Inman Middle School.
BRYNN ASHA WALKER (Director) is a mixed-race and gender-fluid Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, and has been the Producing Artistic Director of The Seeing Place Theater for the last eleven years. Plays written include Animal Farm, The Hysteria of Dr. Faustus, The People vs Antigone, Scotch Kiss, and When We Have Gone Astray. Previous directing and co-directing credits for The Seeing Place include: Animal Farm, Cloud 9, The Laramie Project, Othello, Rhinoceros, Boy Gets Girl, and Waiting for Lefty. Acting credits with The Seeing Place include: I Am My Own Wife, Hamlet, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Off-B'way, NYIT Nominated).
THE SEEING PLACE THEATER is an ensemble company built by actors and managed by actors to be a base for actors who want to hone their craft in a creative and supportive artistic home, resulting in unparalleled dedication and excellence. Their work is artistically ambitious and deeply compelling.
The national organization, The Network of Ensemble Theatres defines an ensemble as "a group of individuals dedicated to collaborative creation, committed to working together consistently over years to develop a distinctive body of work and practices."
This multi-award nominated ensemble is forcefully committed to five key elements of theatre-making:
Mentoring and developing the next generation of independent, socially-conscious theater-makers;
Honoring the acting craft as central to the theater-making process, using the rehearsal practices of the Group Theatre to bring vivid, raw, "fully lived" storytelling to their community;
Creating edgy and compelling reinterpretations of works by master playwrights that reflect the struggles and triumphs of the current society;
Making theater accessible for low-income New Yorkers by subsidizing 50% of their tickets;
Inspiring audiences to "social justice action" by using the themes of their plays to educate and incite change, particularly for women, LGBTQIA+, Global Majority (BIPOC), immigrants, and people with disabilities/chronic illnesses.
They've been nominated for 4 NYIT awards, including Best Revival of a Play for their 2019 production of THE MAIDS by Jean Genet. They have been profiled by The NY Times and many other press outlets. A 501c3 charitable organization. www.seeingplacetheater.com
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