By Margaret Edson
Directed by Simon Provan
"It is not my intention to give away the plot, but I think I die at the end. They've given me less than two hours," states Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., near the beginning of this award-winning play (including the 1999 Pulitzer). Vivian, a renowned professor of English, is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Excellent at doing research herself, she becomes a prize research subject in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital yet, as the playwright herself puts it, "The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It's about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It's about compassion, but it shows insensitivity." It delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? How does language figure into our lives? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?
Produced by Wisconsin Lutheran College Theatre Department at Center for Arts and Performance - Raabe Theatre, 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Performances: February 17-25, 2017
Friday, February 17 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 18. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 19. 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 23. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 24 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25. 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $10 for adults and $6 for students
Call 414-443-8802 for reservations or more information.