Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, associate professor of theatre at Miami, directs Saffron Henke, assistant professor of theatre at Miami, in a staged reading of this medical drama by Margaret Edson. Henke plays Vivian, a professor of English who confronts her mortality after a cancer diagnosis and agrees to experimental treatment. Vivian’s reflective pursuit of life’s meaning plumbs the depths of metaphysical poetry, particularly that of John Donne. Armstrong, whose scholarly work explores theatre, feminism, and culture, is co-director of the Finding Freedom Summer Project. Henke has played leading roles for a number of regional theatre companies and directed more than a dozen university productions.
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