Friends of Marsh River Theater will present “Wit,” a powerfully moving Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Marsh River Theater, 24 Monroe Highway/Route 139.

All profits from ticket sales will benefit the Oncology and Mammography Fund for Patient Assistance at Waldo County General Hospital and EMMC Oncology.

“Wit” is about the last months in the life of Dr Vivian Bearing, played by Sue Hall of Monroe, a professor of 17th-century literature and John Donne scholar who is dying of ovarian cancer. She reflects back to when she agreed to be part of a clinical trial for a new drug regimen to fight ovarian cancer. Now she has become not just a sick patient, but also a subject of research for the doctors (Pierre Leclerc and Diana Cameron McQueen) who attend her.

Despite what some might view as mistreatment at the hands of her doctors, Vivian is sympathetic to the researchers. As a researcher herself, she sees the value in attacking “an intractable mental puzzle” and gaining further knowledge about cancer, even if she is the subject of study and suffers because of it. Reflecting back on her life, Vivian comes to realize that she spent most of her life preferring scholarship to humanity, as does the smart, ambitious oncology research fellow who took her Donne class at the university and now treats her.

Gradually through the compassion of her oncology nurse (Svea-Linnea Ashe), Vivian realizes that she prefers kindness to intellect and that academic talent is a poor substitute for warmth and kindness. As she reaches the end stage in extreme pain, her elderly former college professor (Amy Simoneau) visits and, instead of Donne’s poetry, reads something very different that brings soothing comfort to Vivian and allows her to die peacefully. Also appearing in a variety of roles are Claudia Davidson, Sonja Butler Richardson and Nancy Quimby.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10, $8 for senior citizens and children younger than 13. For more information, call 722-4110.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to