• Conant High School senior Arianna Wentworth will portray Vivian Bearing in Project Shakespeare’s “Wit.” Courtesy Photo

Published: 9/28/2018 3:41:13 PM

Project Shakespeare will present the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Wit” by Margaret Edson on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey. Project Shakespeare’s Founder and Director, Deborah “Shakespeare” Thurber will direct.

Conant High School senior Arianna Wentworth will portray Vivian Bearing, a John Donne scholar and professor dying of ovarian cancer. The play follows Vivian as she discovers that life is “at once funny and sad, tragic and life affirming, complex and simple.” (Atlanta Reviewer)

The Boston Globe wrote, “Every once in a while a play comes along that bonds people together in extraordinary ways. (Wit) isn’t a tearful lecture on how to die; it’s a dry-eyed lesson on how to live – with simplicity and kindness.”

Supporting cast includes Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and Conant High School students: Connor Ahern as Harvey Kelekian M.D, Vivian’s doctor and Mr. Bearing, Vivian’s father; Alyssia Maki as E.M. Ashford, Vivian’s mentor; Samuel Weinmann as Jason Posner M.D., a clinical fellow; Abigail Hampson as Susan Monahan, R.N., B.S.N. Vivian’s primary caregiver; and Helen Martynuska and Ella Weinmann as Lab Technicians, Clinical Fellows and the Code Team.

Project Shakespeare is working in cooperation with Conant High School Drama and appreciates their support on this project. An open dress rehearsal will be on Friday at 7 p.m. at Conant High School’s library. Admission is by donation.

Tickets to the Saturday evening performance at the Jaffrey Civic Center are $10 adults/ $5 for students and are available at the door half an hour prior to curtain. Please be advised “Wit” depicts the chemotherapy treatment and death of an ovarian cancer patient and may be emotionally troubling for some. Not suitable for young children.

For more information visit project shakespeare.org

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