FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 23, 2007
Contact: Krisi Nash
MUW Theatre Department to perform ‘Wit’
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for
Women’s Department of Theater will present Margaret
Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Wit,” starting
Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
The Friday and Saturday performances will also be
held at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
All performances will be held in the Cromwell
Theatre in the Cromwell Communications Building.
Written in 1993, the play revolves around an English
Literature professor and John Donne scholar named
Vivian Bearing, who must face a traumatic
circumstance in her later life.
“By and large, this is not only the most important
production I’ve been involved with, but also the
most important script I’ve read to date. It is
urgent, relevant and poignant material that is
cathartic not only for a performer, but an audience
as well,” said theatre major Aja Wilson, who plays
the role of Vivian.
After the opening performance on Thursday night the
audience is invited to stay after the show for a
short talkback session with the director and cast to
discuss issues raised by the play and to answer any
questions posed by audience.
The play will also be performed Friday, Nov. 2 at 8
p.m. at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jefferson Davis Campus as part of the Kennedy
Center’s American College Theater Festival (ACFT).
ACFT provides the students with opportunities to be
nominated and compete for prestigious awards in
acting, designing, and stage-managing.
According to William “Peppy” Biddy, chair for the
Department of Music and Theater: “Each year our fall
theatre production travels to Mississippi’s American
College Theatre Festival ... Our participation in
the festival means more to us than simply
participating in the competitive portions of the
event. The festival provides an excellent
opportunity for students to learn the specific
demands of a touring production including the
transportation of the entire set, costumes and
lights, and the challenge for the actors of
connecting with an audience in a different
Admission for the MUW performances of “Wit” is $5
for students, $7 for general advanced, and $10 at
the door. Tickets can be purchased in Shattuck Hall
on the MUW campus.
For more information, contact the Department of
Theatre at 662-329-7260. More information about ACFT
can be found at