Wit was unleashed at the world for the first time in the year 1995 at Costa Mesa, California, United States at the South Coast Repertory. Subsequently, the play was staged at the Long Wharf Theater in November of the year 1997 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. The lead role at the time was played by Kathleen Chalfant. The very first New York City production of the play was received in September of the year 1998. Wit achieved great success and praise from the audience as well as the critics, and went on to become highly popular all over the country.
The lead actress of Wit at the time, Kathleen Chalfant also gained a large amount of praise due to her outstanding performance, as she managed to incorporate the experience of her own life into the performance, which greatly helped in making the play more realistic. The audience could easily relate to the story, which kept them hooked through every scene. Following the initial run of the play in New York City, Wit shifted in December of the year 1998 to the Union Square Theater. The characters of the play Wit include Vivian Bearing, Harvey Kelekian, Jason Posner, Susie Monahan, E.M. Ashford, Mr Bearing, Laboratory technicians, and Dr Bearing's Students.
Wit has won numerous awards and honors. Some of their achievements include the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which they won in the year 1999. In addition to that, they also went on to gain the award for the "Best New Play" at the New York Drama Critics' Circle the same year. However, they could not be nominated for the Tony Awards because they had not yet performed on Broadway. Kathleen Chalfant also gained an award for her performance from the Village Voice Obies. Wit's adaptation to the cable television movie took place in the year 2001. The role of Vivian Bearing was played by Emma Thompson.
Wit is a play that is run without any intermission, in one continuous act. Vivian Bearing works at a University as a lecturer. She also suffers from an illness and tries to find a treatment for her problem. As the play unfolds, she reflects back on her life and tale takes the viewer to the deep dark corners of her mind and life. The story never fails to entertain the audience a great deal, providing them food for thought at the same time.
The concept of the Brechtian theatre is incorporated by Margaret Edson in this award winning production. The underlying message of the play is emphasized greatly due to the post modern ingredients of the play, which creates a significant effect on the viewers. The flashbacks that the protagonist sees and her awareness of the audience keep the interest of the audience alive throughout the entire play.
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