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Gladwin Area Friends of Theatre presents Wit

Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre will be presenting their Fall Drama Wit at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 10. Performances will be held at the Gladwin City Park, Community Building.

The show is being directed by Yvette Keast and stars community members: Monika Pfannes as Vivian Bearing, Pamela Gorton as Dr. Kelekian, Marcia Garcia as E.M. Ashford, Taunee Sherlock as Susy and, Kyle Diller as Jason Posner. The show also features a diversely talented cast of four as students, fellows, technicians, and code team including  Kaitlynne Warmack, Steven Ulch, Katie Babb, and Sean Greer.

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. What the audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away–a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive. 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.

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? 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? The content of this play is intended for a mature audience.

Admission is $10 per person with tickets on sale at the Gladwin City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Lyle’s Flowers, The Medicine Shoppe, and  Village Flowers and Gifts in Gladwin plus at Beaverton Pharmacy, and Beaverton City Hall in Beaverton.

For more information, contact Yvette Keast at (989)802-1771 or at ykeast@midmich.edu.

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