by Margaret Edson
Directed by Susan Gayle Todd
August 10-25, 2018
Austin Scottish Rite Theater teams up with The Final Acts Project to present Margaret Edson’s dark comedy, Wit. Taking the role of both narrator and player in her own tragedy, the character Vivian Bearing shifts from real time to the past through her journey from stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis and high-dosage experimental chemotherapy. Along the way, she undergoes self-conviction, humility and grace.
Playwright Margaret Edson received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Wit, her first play. Wit also received Best New Play award in 1999 from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
Kristin Fern Johnson, in the leading role, joins a stellar cast: Delanté Keys, Megan Ortiz, Craig Hurwitz, Chris Humphrey, Olivia Jiménez, Stan Kern, and Kathryn Blackbird, with live guitar accompaniment by Darrel Mayers. Design by Leilah Stewart (scenic), Desiree Humphries (costume),and Deanna Belardinelli (lighting).
Each show will be followed by a discussion with guest speakers from the health professions.
Funded in part by the St. David’s Foundation
Fri Aug 10 – 7:30 PM
Sat Aug 11 – 7:30 PM
Thu Aug 16 – 7:30 PM
Fri Aug 17 – 7:30 PM
Sat Aug 18 – 7:30 PM
Thu Aug 23 – 7:30 PM
Fri Aug 24 – 7:30 PM
Sat Aug 25 – 7:30 PM
One of the co-founders of the Long Center, Jo Anne Christian was one of Austin’s most prominent civic leaders, and a good friend to the arts. This production of WIT will honor Jo Anne Christian for her dedication and support of the great cultural and artistic growth on Austin on opening night, August 10.
The Final Acts Project: Theater, Creative Arts and Humanities Supporting End of Life Education and Planning
The Final Acts Project believes every individual should have the opportunity to write his or her own life script, including the final act of his or her life. The organization was founded in 2014 and aims to develop and facilitate extended community and professional networks of support, conversation, and action around end-of-life planning. The organization addresses determinants of health outcomes by leveraging volunteers to create and replicate models that can be adapted to meet the needs of specific audiences. The Final Acts Project uses the arts and humanities to entice and inspire viewers and participants to discuss a scary but important topic – death. With the conversation started in an open, friendly environment, the organization can then get people thinking and planning for their future, right until the very end.