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Deathbed revelations
By Carissa Welton,Song Yang (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-10-24 09:49
Deathbed revelations

Returning with another quality heart-and-soul drama, Beijing International Theater Experience (BITE) will present Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit.

"It is not my intention to give away the plot," main character, Vivian Bearing, announces in the opening act.

"But I think I die at the end. They've given me less than 2 hours."

Recently diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer, Vivian is being treated with an experimental drug cocktail administered in eight cycles. As the play moves forward, she finds the doctors study and discuss her body like a text.

A scholar of John Donne's Holy Sonnets, Vivian takes center stage, interrupting her doctors, nurses and students to explicate her own story, its metaphors and conceits. As her time draws to a close, the way Vivian thinks about life, death, and indeed, Donne is transformed.

His complex, tightly knotted poems have always been a puzzle for her formidable intellect, a chance to display "verbal swordplay" and wit.

BITE's mission is to produce original and classic works of drama that push the boundaries of convention, thought and dramatic form. Since its conception less than three years ago, BITE has produced a solid and diverse collection of quality performances. Wit is their latest endeavor, promising a genuine community theater experience for Beijing audiences to enjoy.

7:30 pm, Oct 24,25. Penghao Theater, 35 Dongmianhua Hutong, Dongcheng district. 6400-6452. 蓬蒿剧场,东城区东棉花胡同35号