Auckland Theatre Company Presents
By Margaret Edson
29 JUN - 22 JUL 2000 — Drama
Auckland Theatre Company
Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., renowned professor of English and expert on the brilliantly difficult sonnets of metaphysical poet John Donne, is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Approaching her illness with the same academic rigour as her work, she becomes the prize patient of a teaching hospital, challenging, intimidating and fascinating her clinicans with her remarkable intellectual and physical tenacity. As her resilience fades and with the inevitable upon her, she comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humour that are transformative.