By Margaret Edson
Directed by Tlaloc Rivas
Atlanta teacher Margaret Edson wrote only one play, the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winner Wit, which chronicles the life of cancer patient Dr. Vivian Bearing, a teacher who becomes a student of life as she undergoes an experimental treatment. Perfect for the county with the most successful Relay for Life in the nation.
Language, Mature Themes, Brief Nudity
105 minutes. There is no intermission.
Wit is a part of the
January 14–February 7, 2016
Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Wednesday Discount Matinee
February 3 at 10:00am
Tickets from $16
All remaining performances of Wit are sold out. Email the Box Office if you would like to be put on a wait list for cancellations. You may also come to the theatre on the night of a performance and any unused seats will be sold. Thank you for your continued support of Aurora Theatre.
Reviews and Other Buzz About Aurora Theatre’s Wit
Lobby Art Exhibit
A Celebration of Healing
Sal Brownfield, Artist
Eve Hoffman, Writer
A Celebration of Healing is Sal Brownfield’s series of twenty-one large paintings of women and men whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Each is a collaboration between artist and subject, in which the model is as much muse as model. Brownfield notes: “It is their internal strength which makes these paintings important. This is where healing resonates and where my interest lies.” A Celebration of Healing paintings hang in the lobby of Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through February 7.
The paintings are about transition from chaos (illness) to calm (healing). They expose fear and sadness and proclaim beauty. They demand stories be told and stigma be abandoned. They proclaim essential humanity and honor all whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
Brownfield felt there was more than he could capture in paint and invited Eve Hoffman to interview the models and write their stories. The result, A Celebration of Healing—a book of art and stories which is neither a cancer book nor a Hallmark card, but rather a book of hope and healing. Available on Amazon, at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth and through February 7 in the lobby of Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
Meet the Artist and the Author
Saturdays, January 23 & February 6 | After the Matinees and before the Evening Shows
Noche Latina: Live Mariachis
Friday, February 5 | 7:00–8:00pm in the Lobby
An evening of theatre, with a latin flare. Noche Latina happens only once during the run of every mainstage show, so don’t miss it! This month we’ll have live mariachi music before the show from Mariachi Jaliciense Atlanta.
Ask the box office about the Noche Latina Season Ticket.
181 West Pike Street
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
Community Conversation: “The Big C”
February 3, 2016 | 7:15 – 7:55pm
How does one find hope, whether personally or alongside family or friend, on the journey through cancer? In the almost 20 years since Wit was written, advancements in cancer treatment have taken leaps and bounds. Join us for a frank conversation from long-time and recent cancer survivors and medical professionals as they compare ways of navigating past and present realities and future expectations on the journey through “The Big C”.
Meet the Playwright
January 17, 2016 | After the Matinee
Join us after the matinee of Wit on Sunday, January 17 to meet and speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Margaret Edson. The New York Times called her, “the Harper Lee of playwrights,” as she has only had one play ever produced and yet that one play has become an award-winning American classic. After graduating from Smith in 1983 with a degree in history, and trying her hand at various and sundry jobs, she began writing the play in 1991 while working in a bike shop in Washington, where she grew up. Ms. Edson’s real passion is education and she is currently a middle school teacher in the City of Atlanta school system.
5 Questions with Mary Lynn Owen
2015–16 Aurora Theatre AppCo member Skyler Brown interviews the star of Wit. Read the Interview
|Vivian Bearing||Mary Lynn Owen*|
|Harvey Kelekian, MD/Mr. Bearing||Chris Kayser*|
|Dr. Jason Posner||Justin Walker|
|Susie Monahan||Tiffany Mitchenor|
|E.M. Ashford, PhD||Marianne Fraulo*|
|Student/Lab Technician 1||Brooke Owens|
|Student/Lab Technician 2||Benjamin Sims|
|Student/Lab Technician 3||Kathleen O’Hara|
|Student/Lab Technician 4||Mike Filer|
|Dr. Jason Posner u/s||Jacob McKee|
|Producing Artistic Director||Anthony P. Rodriguez|
|Associate Producer||Ann-Carol Pence|
|Associate Artistic Director||Justin Anderson|
|Dramaturg||Megan Monaghan Rivas|
|Resident Stage Manager||Katie Chambers*|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Stephanie Nichols|
|Set Designer||Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay|
|Lighting Designer||Kevin Frazier|
|Sound Designer||Thom Jenkins|
|Costume Designer||Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay|
|Props Designer||Trevor Carrier|
|Wig Designer||Paula Renee|
|Company Manager||Katie Pelkey|
|Technical Director||Daniel Terry|
|Scenic Artist||Sarah Thomson|
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.