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Wit

1 - 1 September
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until 17 September, 2016

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until 11 September, 2016

The Artisan Collective in association with fortyfivedownstairs

1 – 17 September 2016
opening night: Thursday 1 September
duration: 100 minutes
times:
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 6pm
ticket price: $26 – $38
bookings:
03 9662 9966

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The Melbourne professional premiere of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.

Jane Montgomery Griffiths, photo by Pia Johnson

Jane Montgomery Griffiths, photo by Pia Johnson

Jane Montgomery Griffiths, photo by Pia Johnson

Jane Montgomery Griffiths, photo by Pia Johnson

Jane Montgomery Griffiths, photo by Pia Johnson

Jane Montgomery Griffiths, photo by Pia JohnsonJane Montgomery Griffiths, photo by Pia Johnson

Vivian Bearing, a brilliant and uncompromising professor of English Literature who has spent years specialising in the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. She agrees to undergo an experimental chemotherapy treatment that, although not guaranteed to save her, will provide excellent research data for the future of oncology.

Once the teacher, she is now the student, learning everything she can about the disease and constantly at the mercy of the doctors in authority. In a final acceptance of her fate, Professor Bearing institutes a Do Not Resuscitate order, finally succumbing to death, which she has studied so fastidiously in the teaching of Donne’s work.

Wit (winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) is a poignant and humorous look at life, death poetry and compassion.

“A masterpiece of economy… Pfeiffer yet again proves his versatility as a director” The Australian (If it Bleeds 2012)

“Montgomery Griffith’s performance is outstanding; like her wit and intellect, the virtuosity of her superb physical and vocal skills excavate the unmediated rawness of feeling.” – Alison Croggon (Sapho 2010)

 

See the trailer for Wit featuring Jane Montgomery Griffiths here

 

Generously supported by The Pratt Foundation and Monash Academy of Performing Arts

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Cast   Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Helen Morse, Rhys McConnochie, Jing Xuan Chan, Mick Lo Monaco, Dean Cartmel and Zoe Ellertson-Ashley
Director   Ben Pfeiffer
Set Designer   Jeminah Alli Reidy
Sound Designer   Adam Casey
Lighting Designer   Benjamin Morris
Choral Director    Cameron Thomas
Stage Manager Ursula Searle
 

Ticket Prices:

Full: $38,
Concession: $32,
Group 8+: $26

 

Concessions:

Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members

 

Details

Date:
1 September, 2016
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone:
03 9662 9966
Website:
http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/
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