Dr. Vivian Bearing, a tough university professor and John Donne scholar learns she is dying of ovarian cancer and agrees to a regimen of experimental chemotherapy treatment. Over the course of the play, Vivian reflects on her life. As a professor, she has a reputation for rigorous teaching methods. She has lived her life alone, is unmarried and without children. At the hospital, she recognizes that doctors are interested in her for her research value and, like her, tend to ignore humanity in favor of knowledge. Gradually, she realizes that she would prefer kindness to intellectualism.When a compassionate nurse discusses options with her, Vivian decides to sign the DNR order. It is at the end of her life she finds kindness and “light”.
This year’s Pulitzer Prize Reading Series celebrates women playwrights who were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The cost of online reserved seats for all of our Pulitzer Prize Play Reading Series evenings is $20. Additionally, “Pay What You Can” tickets are available at the door, the night of the event.