Main Stage Series

APRIL 20 - MAY 8, 2016

WIT

by Margaret Edson

Directed by Stevie Zimmerman

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. With her first play, Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor as she undergoes an experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

Recommended for ages 14 and up due to brief non-sexual nudity.

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Performance Schedule

Previews on April 20th and 21st; all seats $15.
Opening Night: April 22nd - wine and cheese reception before the show
Performances:
Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm, followed by a talk back with the cast.
*Special Tuesday matinee on May 3rd at 2:00pm

Full Calendar

Cast

ELIZABETH LANDE* (Vivian) Playhouse on Park Debut! Some of Elizabeth's favorite roles have included: Theatre 40: Jenny REMEMBRANCE, Helena KIN (Los Angeles Premiere), Pam AMERICAN WEE-PIE (West Coast Premiere); The Yale Repertory Theatre: Phoebe AS YOU LIKE IT; The Trinity Rep: WORKS BY MARIA IRENE FORNES; New Dramatists: A KNIFE IN THE HEART; The Williamstown Theater Festival: LOOK BACK IN ANGER, The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival: Lady Percy KING HENRY IV PART 2; Yale School of Drama: Luz UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE, Natalya THE THREE SISTERS. Elizabeth was last seen in the film SEBASTIAN, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and played subsequently at the Guadalajara International Film Festival as well as several smaller venues. Elizabeth attended the University of Texas at Austin on a Morton Brown Scholarship in Acting and received her MFA from The Yale School of Drama. Elizabeth is excited to take on the role of Vivian in Wit at Playhouse on Park, after which she will spend time in Peru working on a film set in Lima.

WALTRUDIS BUCK (E. M. Ashford) Playhouse on Park: DRIVING MISS DAISY Her numerous THEATRE credits include Vermont Stage and Houston’s Black Lab (most recent): 4000 MILES; Long Wharf: UNCLE VANYA; Naked Angels: WOYZECK; The Barnstormers: PAINTING CHURCHES. FILM: EVERYONE SAYS  I LOVE YOU, DECONSTRUCTING HARRY, WALL STREET II,  A DIFFERENT SUN(in post production) TV: LIFE ON MARS, MILDRED PIERCE, THE SLAP. Look for her in the upcoming HBO film THE WIZARD OF LIESin a scene with Robert De Niro. He is Bernie Madoff, Waltrudis a Widow clamoring for him to invest her money. Waltrudis is thrilled to be back at POP working with Stevie, who directed her in DRIVING MISS DAISY for which she won a Broadway World award.  A great big THANK YOU to Sean, Darlene and Tracy.

CHUJA SEO (Susie) Playhouse on Park Debut! Getty Villa: PROMETHEUS BOUND (chorus); Edinburgh Festival: THE INTRUDER (Daughter); 3LD Technology Center: DEVILS OR MY FAMILY NAME (Devil 9); Dixon Place: 3.2’S, OR AFAR (Something),  A WEEK AT THE NJ SHORE (Natsumi); Minetta Lane Theater: COOKIN’ (Hot Sauce Chef). Chuja is a native of Seoul, South Korea. She holds a BA in Theater from Brooklyn College and recently received her MFA in Acting from CalArts.

TIM HACKNEY (Jason) Playhouse on Park: Joe Pitt ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES; National Tours: Mrs. Bumbrake/ Teacher PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Robert u/s THE DROWSY CHAPERONE;  NYC: Hudson Guild: Charles Ramsdell THE WHALESHIP ESSEX.  Favorite roles include Darrell in THE DISTANCE FROM HERE and Homer Wells in THE CIDER HOUSE RULES.  Proud graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC.  Tim is thrilled to return to Playhouse on Park after playing Joe Pitt in ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENIUM APPROACHES. Thank you to Sean, Tracy, Darlene and everyone else in the Playhouse family.

SARA DETRIK (Student/Intern, u/s Susie) Playhouse on Park Debut! Curtain Call: Amy COMPANY, Edith BLITHE SPIRIT; Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Tzietel FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Quinnipiac University: Kayleen GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES; Pace TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, Mina Harker MAC WELLMAN’S DRACULA

JULIA EKWALL (Intern/ Student) Playhouse on Park Debut! University of Scranton: Sarah ELECTRIC ROSES, Becky BECKY SHAW, Mr. Memory THE 39 STEPS, Helga/ Troll PEER GYNT, Heidi FUDDY MEERS, Patriot WAR AT HOME, Joe Crowell OUR TOWN. Julia is a recent college graduate from the University of Scranton. She is over the moon to be performing in her first Playhouse on Park show!

DAVID GAUTSCHY
(Dr. Kelekian/Mr. Bearing) Playhouse on Park: THE CHOSEN. Off Broadway: Signature Theater Company/KOTA: A LITTLE PRINCESS. John Cullum Theatre: URINETOWN. Musicals Tonight!: PARDON MY ENGLISH. Regional: Shakespeare on the Sound: AS YOU LIKE IT. Denver Center Theater Company: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, MAD FOREST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Cortland Repertory Theatre: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY. Roxy Regional Theater, TN: MEASURE FOR MEASURE. White Plains Performing Arts Center: THE 39 STEPS. Other Theater: THE TEMPEST, A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, TWELFTH NIGHT, CLOUD 9, RAGTIME. Training: MFA, National Theater Conservatory.

HARRISON
GREENE (Student/Intern, u/s Jason) Playhouse on Park: Lane/Merriman THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Whit OF MICE AND MEN, Phaeton METAMORPHOSES. Regional: Dennis SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN. Harrison received a BFA in Acting from University of Connecticut. 

*Appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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