Judith Light began the national tour of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning drama, Wit, Feb. 1 at Boston, MA's Wilbur Theatre. The Wit tour will play in Boston through Feb. 27, moving on to Washington DC's Kennedy Center Feb. 28-March 26; Fort Lauderdale, FL's Parker Playhouse March 27-April 16; Palm Beach, FL's Royal Poinciana Playhouse, April 17-30; and San Francisco's Curran Theatre, May 3-June 4.
The producers of the Off-Broadway run -- MCC Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Daryl Roth, Stanley Shopkorn, Robert G. Bartner, Stanley Kaufelt and associate producer Lorie Cowen Levy -- are producing the tour as well.
Light's stage credits include playing the maid in a 1975 Broadway mounting of Ibsen's A Doll's House (opposite Liv Ullman and Sam Waterston), as well as the Broadway play Herzl and a Public Theatre Measure For Measure.
Light's last performance in Wit Off-Broadway was Jan. 2, after which the role was taken on by British actress Lisa Harrow. Initially, Light took over the role from the wildly-acclaimed Kathleen Chalfant on Aug. 10, 1999, officially re-opening the show at Off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre Sept. 9, 1999. Also added to the cast when Light came on board were William Cain (The Heiress), Sally Parrish (The English Teachers) and Grant Show ("Melrose Place") in the roles of Dr. Harvey Kelekian, Dr. E.M. Ashford and Dr. Jason Posner, respectively. Current castmembers also include Paula Pizzi, Brian J. Carter, Daniel Sarnelli, Alli Steinberg and Lisa Tharps. Chalfant is now in Los Angeles with a sit-down production of Wit, an engagement that opened Jan. 26 and has just extended to March 5 at the Geffen Theatre.
The Off-Broadway run continues with Harrow, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and veteran of London's West End. She took over the role of Professor Vivian Bearing, Jan. 4. Actress Harrow's RSC credits include numerous Shakespeare heroines, including Desdemona and Twelfth Night's Olivia. Wit marks her American debut. Wit tells of a strict college poetry professor brought low -- to humility and humanity -- by her bout with ovarian cancer. Actress Chalfant won an OBIE, a Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role in Edson's astringent drama.
For tickets and information on Wit Off-Broadway, directed by Derek Anson Jones, call (212) 307-4100.
-- By David Lefkowitz