No Refund Theatre, in conjunction with SPA Late Night, is presenting a rendition of Margret Edson’s 1995 play “W;t” this weekend. And no, that wasn’t a typo. The show is actually titled “W;t” (read: Wit) as a humorous play on words.
The play centers around the battle of noted English literature professor Vivian Bearing and her fight with terminal ovarian cancer. She agrees to undergo experimental chemotherapy treatment in an effort to not only save her own life, but to also provide researchers with excellent data for future research.
Being a scholar herself, Bearing understands her doctor’s desire to do anything in the name of research — even if that means sacrificing her quality of care. In her prime, Bearing was a brilliant, if often uncompromising and cruel, professor who demanded professionalism in all aspects of her life. Now, in her final months, she finds herself craving the warmth and care that she had denied her students and loved ones for years.
Overall, the show seeks to analyze the deeper meaning of life and how our interactions with those around us shape the meaning we take from it. It’s a humorous, yet moving play that pulls at the heartstrings.
Katie Abramowich, a junior who’s studying nursing, directs the show. Abramowich has been with NRT since her freshman year, though this is her first time directing.
“Directing has been very busy. There’s a lot of logistics to figure out, but I’ve had a lot of help from my assistant directors and others,” Abramowich said. “The cast has been great too, they’ve been great to work with and seeing this show come to life has made it all worth it.”
But for Ambrowich, there’s a lot more to directing this particular play than just having fun with theater. “W;t” is a show that has a special place in her heart.
“I love this show. I read it my senior year of high school and it actually helped lead me into my career path of nursing,” she said.
If you want to check out the show for yourself, performances will be held October 5 through October 7 in the HUB Flex Theatre. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page here.