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Playmakers Challenge Your "WIT"


The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “W;T” opens February 25 and runs through March 11 at
The Playmakers, 121 W. 3rd St. in Grove, OK. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm. Reserve your seats now as Feb 26 and March 3 are already sold out. There are no paper tickets at The Playmakers. Just call (918) 786-8950 or reserve online at Entry prices are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Group prices area available.
In this powerful depiction of Vivian Bearing confronting the reality of her own imminent death from ovarian cancer, we learn what she is struggling to learn…that our need for forgiveness and dignity held together by human relationships is transformative. Through Vivian’s intelligent wit, humor and self-realization, we develop our own vision of death and dying and come to grips with life as a journey.
“The Playmakers have not shied away from taking artistic risks,” says Suzanne Boles, Playmakers’ Artistic Executive, “but we have not taken a risk as great as this one. We must trust that our audiences and community health care workers, church leaders, and teachers will see the value in promoting and attending this wonderful play. On the surface “W;T” looks like a “downer”…a woman dies on stage after all. That is the plot, but it certainly is not the point of the play. The themes of the play, forgiveness, dignity, human relationships, and yes, a belief in God’s Grace are played with wit in all its definitions.”
The playwright, Margaret Edson, explained her purpose in creating a character, who, at first, seems to be unsympathetic. “I wanted to talk about a person's relationship with grace--meaning the flow of harmony in and out of her life, her relationship with God, and her growing awareness of her own self as a person with a soul and the capacity for love. And the best way to talk about that was to show a person who had none of these attributes and show her gradually coming into them."
The play is directed by one of The Playmakers’ new directors, Don Simpson, retired United Methodist minister, retired United States Air Force chaplain/colonel, and retired special education teacher. The stellar cast of accomplished Playmakers actors includes Pam Leptich in the difficult role of Vivian Bearing, PhD and professor of 17th century poetry, a role requiring an actor to “run the proverbial gamut of emotions, from imperious disdain to shattering despair” says reviewer, David Sheward. Other accomplished actors include Vicki King as the compassionate nurse, Susie Monahan R.N., B.S.N.; Linda Dubois as Vivian’s former professor, E.M Ashford, D.Phil.; and Joseph Wilhelm,III in the role of Dr. Jason Posner, M.D., and a clinical fellow in the oncology department. Vivian’s father is played by newcomer, Gary Cannon. The Rev. Dr. David Bridges takes on his first role with The Playmakers as Dr. Harvey Kelekian, M.D., chief of Medical Oncology at a university hospital. Lab Technicians/Students are played by veteran Playmaker, Jaxson Oakley, and newcomers April Cummins and Cody Urban. Jaxson Oakley, a senior this year, also takes on the job of stage manager.
The production is sponsored by Susan A. Muscari, Esq., Principle Attorney at Muscari Law, and managing partner with ‘The Peace of Mind Project’ (a collaboration dedicated to educating families about end-of-life issues and final affairs.) A Grove Rotary Foundation grant is providing financial assistance for the production.
The minimum age guideline for this production is mid-school and above and is based on the appropriateness of the play for that age level and the capability of the student to understand the adult content of this production. Since this is a strong guideline, not a rule, please talk with the box office volunteer when you make reservations about bringing younger students. Children 4 and under are not admitted to Playmaker productions unless specifically intended for that age group.
Visit Grove Playmakers Theatre on Facebook for background, character bios, cast and crew photos, and interesting tidbits about the story and characters.

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