NY's Manhattan Class Company's (MCC) acclaimed production of Wit has at last found a larger home for an extended run. As reported by Playbill On-Line Nov. 19, the play will transfer to the Union Square theatre in December, confirmed a spokesman for Patrick Harold, agent to Wit director Derek Anson Jones. A spokesman at the Union Square also confirmed the move.
The drama will finish its run at MCC on Dec. 13 and begin performances at the Union Square on Dec. 18. The cast will remain intact.
Wit, which opened at MCC on Sept. 17, and has since become one of the biggest hits of the season, has long been looking for a bigger venue. Producers had been eyeing a Broadway run, specifically at the Helen Hayes theatre, but those chances fell through earlier this week, reportedly because the Hayes' owner thought a play about a cancer patient would have a limited appeal. The tragic but verbally nimble drama is about an icy but verbally nimble poetry professor stricken with fourth-stage ovarian cancer.
The hit by Margaret Edson, initially supposed to run to Oct. 4, was first extended at the MCC to Oct. 24, then Nov. 22, and finally Jan. 3. According to Boneau/Bryan Brown, Wit has become MCC's biggest success
Kathleen Chalfant, best known for her Tony-nominated performance as Hannah Pitt in the Broadway production of Angels in America, stars as Vivian. Also in the Long Wharf cast are Walter Charles, Aleta Mitchell, Raul Perez, Alec Phoenix, Paula Pizzi, Daniel Sarnelli, Alli Steinberg and Helen Stenborg. Wit is Edson's first play, based in part on her experiences working at the AIDS Inpatient Unit of the National Institutes of Health. Today Edson teaches first grade in Washington, DC.
--By Robert Simonson