September 25, 2001
AT HER ALMA MATER ON OCTOBER 11
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Margaret Edson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Wit," will return to speak at her alma mater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.
Edson's presentation, titled "The
Insubstantial Pageant: Orality, Literacy and Writing for Performance,"
is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
"Wit," described variously
as an "unsentimental," "intricately layered"
and "fiercely literary" drama about a professor of
17th-century English poetry battling ovarian cancer, earned rave
reviews and played to sold-out Off-Broadway audiences. It received
the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1999, as well as the Drama Desk
Award for Outstanding Play, and was named the best new play of
the 1998-99 season by the New York Drama Critics' Circle.
The HBO production of "Wit,"
starring Emma Thomson, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 10, in Wright Hall Auditorium. The public is welcome, and
there is no admission charge.
Immediately following her talk, Edson will sign copies of "Wit" at the Smith College Club.