Upsala Drama Club
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Upsala Drama Club

Upsala High School, Upsala MN


By Margaret Edson

Performed in the 2001-02 school year

Wit follows last hours of Dr Vivian Bearing, a university professor of English, who is dying of ovarian cancer. Over the course of the play, Bearing assesses her own life through the intricacies of the English language, especially the use of wit and the metaphysical poetry of John Donne. Vivian has spent most of her life preferring scholarship to humanity. She is unmarried and without children, her parents are deceased, and she has no third-party person to contact. Susie Monahan, a nurse at the medical centre, offers Vivian comfort. Vivian's only visitor, a Dr Ashford, reads to her from The Runaway Bunny, which she had bought for her great-grandson. Vivian then flatlines and walks from her hospital bed "toward a little light."

Vivian Bearing: Sara Gunderson
Dr Posner: Sandy Trettel
Sue Monahan: Mary Gerth
Dr Kelekian: Amanda Scholz
Professor Ashford: Chantelle Frie
Vivian's Mother: Iris Westman
Hospital Worker: Adam Gapinski
Hospital Worker: Janice Ripplinger
Hospital Worker: Randy Fleishhacker
Hospital Worker: Rich Boeckermann
Hospital Worker: Thomas Schneider
Student: Amy Gunderson
Student: Hannah Olson
Student: Brooke Johnson
Student: Marie Benson
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