As the chemotherapy weakens Vivian and the doctors seem to take less and less notice of her pain and diminished capacity, she comes to rely on her nurse, Susie, played by Maren Langdon, who sees her suffering and treats her with kindness.
Summerlin-Yergan submerged herself in the role of Vivian, said MacLellan. "Michele is phenomenal in this," she said, adding that the rest of the production could not help but be moved by her performance and the play's subject matter. So much so, in fact, that when Summerlin-Yergan had to shave her head for the role, she and two production members donated their tresses to Locks of Love, an organization that Provides hair prosthetics for cancer patients who have lost their hair from chemotherapy.
MacLellan encourages patrons to see what she calls a "fabulous, phenomenal play" during what is left of its run at the Saratoga Springs theater. "We're a little disappointed with the turn-out so far, but that's been because of the weather," she said. "But each weekend of the run has been better and better."
MacLellan said she hopes theater-goers will turn out to see Wit during its final showings Feb. 23 and 24 at 8:15 pm, or Feb. 25 at 2 pm.
Home Made Theater is a not-for-profit theater company in residence at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Founded in 1985, HMT is a community theater with a unique blend of the efforts of professional directors, designers, technicians, local actors, and hundreds of volunteers in all areas of production.
HMT produces a four production season, between October and May. We offer dinner theater packages with area restaurants for the three main-stage productions. Each December the theater offers a Theater for Families production with more lighthearted fare. HMT also offers acting classes for children, teens, and adults. For information, visit www.homemadetheater.org or call 518-587-4427.""