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Readers Theatre to stage ‘Wit’

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Sonoma Readers Theatre, in association with Sonoma Theatre Alliance as part of its “Sonoma Nights” series, will close its season of three staged readings of “Wit” by Margaret Edson.

The readings will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center.

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English sonnets who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational.

But during the course of her illness – and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital – Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and her audience.

Directed by Butch Engle, the cast features Nellie Cravens, Rhonda Guaraglia, Richard Thompson and Francesca Weiner.

Admission is $14. Tickets are on sale at the svbo.org website, by calling 938-4626, ext. 1, or at the door the evening of the performance.

This show is presented as part of the Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s summer season of performances, which opened in May and will continue through November. While the main shows have been set, the “Sonoma Night” series allows any interested artist, including playwrights, musicians or poets, to rent out the historic Andrews Hall at a reasonable price on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

To find out more, see the full season schedule or learn about the Sonoma Theatre Alliance, visit sonomatheatrealliance.org.