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Samuel J. Friedman (formerly Biltmore Theatre)

261 West 47th Street


January 26, 2012 (Closing March 11, 2012)

Broadway Play (Dramatic)

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Cynthia Nixon stars in the new Wit Broadway play scheduled for a limited run this winter. The critically acclaimed work premiered in New York "off-Broadway" in 1998 and made a powerful impact. American Playwright Margaret Edson’s play is quite a different genre then "Sex In The City," one which Ms. Nixon handles quite well. This is the actresses first return to Broadway since her work in David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole,” in which she won the 2006 Tony Award for best actress in a play. The Broadway debut of "Wit" is staged by the Manhattan Theater Club is scheduled for January 26, 2012 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. The dramatic play is immersed with excellent writing and sincerity, a sure to be hit for its genre.

Playwright Margaret Edson found the inspiration for Wit Broadway from her life experiences with work in a hospital. Her biggest connection towards the writing came from the death of her brother, Alan Palmer, as he succumbed and eventually dies from cancer. Her sincere connection to the main character within the writing is evident, powerful and even humorous.

The new Wit Broadway play is the story of Dr. Vivian Bearing (Cynthia Nixon). Vivian is an passionate academic who works as a university professor of English. The story details the final hours of her life as she suffers from the final stages of ovarian cancer. Through the play, the audience watches her as she recalls her life, from her initial diagnosis through her attempts to fight the disease with experimental treatments recommended by Dr Harvey Kelekian. What sets the play a part is the intelligent and wonderful writing. Vivian recalls her life and dealing with her disease as a literary scholar, using the English language in the most beautiful of ways to tell her tragic yet endearing tale. Her story is told with "wit" (hence the title) as she pulls from inspiration from Donne's Holy Sonnet X, "Death Be Not Proud." As she recounts her life and love for books, Vivian comes to realize the full circle her life journey has taken, as well as the irony of her situation.

Margaret Edson’s "Wit" premiered at the South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California, in 1995. Wit was later staged at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut in 1997. The play then would premier in New York City off-Broadway in 1998 at the MCC Theater starring Kathleen Chalfant as Dr Vivian Bearing. The production would gain critical acclaim, eventually moving to Union Square Theater later that year. In 1999, "Wit" won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the "Best New Play" award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 2001, the play was adapted into a "made for TV" movie in which it won an Emmy Award. The Broadway performances are scheduled for a three-month limited-engagement. For those who love excellent drama backed with sincere writing and delivered through talented endearing acting Wit Broadway is worth a strong look.

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