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Evening Reads: WIT by Margaret Edson

Evening Reads@7.30pm

Brown’s Mart Productions is pleased to present their inaugural script-in-hand play readings series of established and new works. Open to the public, these one-night only performances are part of Brown’s Mart’s mission to develop local artists’ directing and acting skills by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements.

On a Thursday each month of the dry season we will present readings of different texts, chosen by individual Darwin based theatre Directors.

WIT by Margaret Edson

The Playwright:

Margaret Edson is a recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Wit, which she wrote following her work as a unit clerk in the cancer and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) wards of a teaching hospital from 1984 to 1986, a low-level position that would ultimately have a profound impact on her thinking and her writing career.

Edson sent her play to theatre companies across the United States, and it was first performed in 1995 by the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. After winning numerous 1996 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, Wit attracted the attention of the East Coast director Derek Anson Jones. Wit opened in November 1997 at the Long Wharf Theatre, directed by Jones. The play was produced by the Off-Broadway Manhattan Class Company in September 1998 at the MCC Theatre and then opened at the Union Square Theatre on October 6, 1998 and closed on April 9, 2000 after 545 performances, receiving positive reviews.

HBO secured the film rights to the play and engaged Mike Nichols to direct and Emma Thompson to star.  The production won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Made-for-Television Film in 2001.

The Play:

Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships.

In Wit, Edson 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?

The immediacy of the presentation, and the clarity and elegance of Edson’s writing, make this sophisticated, multilayered play accessible and compelling.

The Director:

Tania is a Darwin based theatre practitioner. As the former Artistic Director of Darwin Theatre Company, she has directed numerous works including Life After George, Tin Hotel, To the Inland Sea, Sight n Sound and Cloudstreet.
Recently she directed Singularity by Phil Tarl Denson (Brown’s Mart, 2019), AnOther Story and In My Skin by CemeNTheads Theatre (CemeNTworx at Darwin Fringe Festival 2017/2018). She is also a founding member of the comedic physical theatre company The Royal National Theatre of Jingili, whose shows include Hillbilly Horror and Fah King Ridiculous (2017/2018).

VENUE: Happy Yess Room, Brown’s Mart
DATE: Thursday 17 October 2019
TIME: 7.30pm
(Note: Performances will commence on time. Please arrive at least 15 min before the start of the show to ensure entry)
DURATION: 1 hr 15 min
TICKETS: All tickets $15
BOOK ONLINE: brownsmart.com.au
BOX OFFICE: Tickets may be purchased from the Box office an hour before the start of the show, unless SOLD OUT! (Online tickets will cut off 2 hrs before the start of each show)
BAR: the bar will be open an hour before the start of the show and drinks can be taken into the Theatre.

Evening Reads@7.30pm

Brown's Mart Arts Ltd

(T/as Brown’s Mart Theatre)
ABN: 67 141 763 895

Address

12 Smith Street Darwin City
GPO Box 3451, Darwin NT 0801

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