By Margaret Edson
Directed by Robert Smyth
thru Nov 17th
One of San Diego's leading actresses, Deborah Gilmour Smyth portrays an exacting professor of metaphysical poetry with much still to discover as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer.
A major hit on Broadway last year, WIT is an exquisitely written, affecting, often humorous winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
- James Hebert, U-T San Diego
- Pat Launer, Center Stage KSDS
"Go see it NOW!"
- Jeff Smith, San Diego Reader
"Stunning! Smyth gives a bravura, not-to-be-missed performance."
- Jean Lowerison, SDGLN
"5 Stars! An all around brilliant production."
- Carol Davis, examiner.com
"Not To Be Missed! Lovers of language and excellence are urged to see the awesome Deborah Smyth in this luminous production."
- Charlene Baldridge, SD Downtown News
"Amazing! You will leave Lamb’s fine production with a lot to discuss."
- Milos Shapiro Stage & Cinema
"Enthralling! Reminds you what theatre is for."
- New York Daily News
"Dazzling! A play you will remember till your dying day."
- New York Magazine
"Its lessons and pleasures amount to a second chance, to an amazing grace."
- The New Yorker
Also featuring Cynthia Gerber, Jason Heil, Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson, Jim Chovick, Bryan Barbarin, Kaja Amado Dunn and Caitie Grady.
Running Time: just over 90 minutes, with no Intermission
Age recommendation: 13 and above
Minimal stronger language.
Bryan's credits at Lamb’s Players include WIT, Around the World in 80 Days, The Music Man, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, Harvey, An American Christmas, Godspell, The Fantasticks, Hello, Dolly!, Mix it Up and Hip Pocket (Lamb’s Educational Outreach) Regional: Man of La Mancha & Parade (Cygnet Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Crooked Finger Jake), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Judah), Sideshow (Jake), Dreamgirls (Jerry), La Posada Mágica (Eli/Buzzard), Christmas is Coming Uptown (Christmas Past), Ragtime (Gang Member), The Wizard of Oz (Winkie), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey 2). Bryan works with the band The Routine. Theroutineband.com. Voice-Over: Legends, Spellforce 2, and Runaway 2. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.
Dr. Harvey Kelikian
Jim has appeared in 30 productions with LPT: Joe vs The Volcano, Guys & Dolls, Harvey, Joyful Noise; Room Service; Boomers; The Voysey Inheritance; Amadeus; Rehearsal for Murder; The Winslow Boy; 1776; A Man For All Seasons; Ring Round the Moon; My Fair Lady; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; You Can't Take It With You; A Woman of No Importance; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Festival of Christmas '99, ’04 and ‘06; and 9 productions of An American Christmas. Other San Diego Theaters: The Old Globe, The Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), New Village Arts, Moxie Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare Co., Ion Theatre, Playwrights Project, Sledgehammer, Evoke Dance Theater, Starlight, The Avo@Moonlight, 6th@Penn, The Ark, CCT, Mystery Cafe, Vantage Theater and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Critics Circle, Backstage West Dramalogue, KPBS Patte’, Billie and Robby.
Kaja Amado Dunn
Kaja Amado Dunn has performed in over 40 shows and is currently on faculty in the Theatre Dept of Cal State San Marcos. Previous Lamb’s work includes Around the World in 80 Days, Brownie Points, the Educational Touring Company, One for the Road, and the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. She was also recently seen playing Benethea in Moxie Theater’s A Raisin In The Sun . Other favorite roles include Gibson Girl (Moxie), West LA’s Vagina Monologues, playing a blues singing chicken in Canada, and performing in a circus. Kaja’s other credits include World Vision, NASA, Princess Cruises and most recently she was the face of an international Western Union campaign. Kaja has her MFA in acting and directing . She also teaches for Playwrights Project, Young Audiences, and has toured with Ya Tong Theatre in Taiwan. Offstage Kaja enjoys the role of wife to Matt and mommy to her "Favorite Boy" Ian.
Nurse Susie Monahan
was a member of LPT’s Resident Ensemble from 1988 to 2001 and is now an Associate Artist. She was recently seen in Quilters and Wit. Favorite productions at LPT include Harvey, The Hit, Susan and God, The Miracle Worker, Flight, Steel Magnolias, Quilters, Busman’s Honeymoon, Detective Story, See How They Run, Amadeus, Dracula, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Ring Round The Moon. Cynthia studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also enjoying her role as Cannon and Spencer’s mom.
Deborah Gilmour Smyth
Associate Artistic Director and director of Patron Services, Deborah has been a member of the Lamb’s Players resident ensemble since 1979 . Originally from the East Coast, she has lived all over the United States and went to school at San Francisco State University where she studied music and theatre. One of San Diego’s most active performers with over 200 productions to her credit,she is a six-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Lamb’s 2013 production of Wit and Outstanding Female Performance in a Musical for her performance as Mother in Ragtime at Starlight Musical Theatre, for her role of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza at Lamb’s Players, and for her role of Mrs. Lovett at Cygnet Theatre. She has been honored with Backstage West and numerous Patte awards for performance, original music, sound design. At Lamb’s Players Deborah has performed in over 160 productions, directed over 70 productions, sound designed, written original music, or musically directed over 80 productions. Deborah enjoys the opportunity to be involved in an amazing ensemble that is the Lamb’s Players family. Deborah and her husband, Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth, make their home in Coronado.
Caitie Grady grew up right here in Coronado, and is pleased as punch to be a staff member at Lamb's Players! LPT: Quilters, Fiddler on the Roof, Wit, Mixtape, Around the World in 80 Days, Joe vs the Volcano, The Servant of Two Masters, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, Festival of Christmas: Catch a Falling Star, Festival of Christmas: Spirit of Christmas Present, An American Christmas ’10 and ‘12. Elsewhere: Side by Side by Sondheim (Cygnet Theatre Company), Death of a Late Summer Songbird (Cygnet, Intrepid, and Diversionary readings), Emancipated (reading - The Old Globe); Voices of Ireland (Write Out Loud); A Day in the Life (Playwrights Project); The Children's Hour (Carlsbad Playreaders); Working (Metro Stage Company, Boston); The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (6th @ Penn). Caitie received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Dr. Jason Posner
LPT Associate Artist: WIT, Fiddler on the Roof, See How They Run, Joe vs. the Volcano, The Glory Man, Harvey, Joyful Noise, The Glass Menagerie, Room Service, The Voysey Inheritance, An American Christmas (’07,’08,‘09), Enchanted April, Into the Woods, and The Winslow Boy. Other San Diego credits include Angels in America (ion theatre company), Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Cabaret, Noises Off (Cygnet), Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), work at North Coast Rep, Moonlight, Starlight and all incarnations of Lucy Simon’s Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse & NYC/London Readings). Regional theatres include Arkansas & Tennessee Rep, A Noise Within, and nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: Turn of the Screw (Intrepid Shakespeare), Born Yesterday, The Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park, Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell (Moonlight), Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts), Twelfth Night (Actors’ Rep, OH), and Brilliant Traces (Finishing the Hat, L.A.). MFA: UC Irvine.
Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson
who was most recently seen in New Village Art’s Theatre production of the Trip to Bountiful is happy to be making her debut at Lamb’s. Thompson’s numerous theatre credits include Our Town, Raisin In The Sun, Coming Attractions, Boom, Antigone, Fences, Intimate Apparel, Dog Act, Othello, Going to St. Ives, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, A Street Car Named Desire, Boesman and Lena, Stories About the Old Days, Miss Witherspoon and Christmas Carol. Many of her performances have received awards including the Los Angeles Dramalogue, Billie, San Diego Critics Circle, Patté and Hollywood NAACP Theatre Excellence Award.
Jeanne Barnes Reith
Jeanne’s creative work has achieved Theatre Critics Awards such as the Craig Noel, KPBS Patte, and Billie Awards, for Servant of Two Masters. An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Till We Have Faces, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Joyful Noise, Tarantara! Tarantara!, Dr. Faustus, Little Foxes, The Winslow Boy, and Metamorphoses. In 2008 Jeanne was presented a Patte Award for her entire season including Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance, The Hit, Boomers, The Light in the Piazza, Festival of Christmas: Angel’s Arms and An American Christmas. Her career has included designs in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Dallas, Canada, and 140 productions for Lambs Players. She currently teaches Fashion at San Diego Mesa College and West City Continuing Education. Jeanne’s creative work has achieved Theatre Critics Awards such as the Craig Noel, KPBS Patte, and Billie Awards, for Servant of Two Masters. An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Till We Have Faces, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Joyful Noise, Tarantara! Tarantara!, Dr. Faustus, Little Foxes, The Winslow Boy, and Metamorphoses. In 2008 Jeanne was presented a Patte Award for her entire season including Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance, The Hit, Boomers, The Light in the Piazza, Festival of Christmas: Angel’s Arms and An American Christmas. Her career has included designs in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Dallas, Canada, and 140 productions for Lambs Players. She currently teaches Fashion at San Diego Mesa College and West City Continuing Education.
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 150 productions at Lambs Players in addition to many shows at such companies as San Diego Rep, The Laguna Playhouse and the Old Globe/USD MFA program. Recent favorites include sets for Wit here at Lambs and sets and lights for Hairspray at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre, design and scriptwriting. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy The Hit had an extended run at LPT's Coronado Theatre and then the Horton Grand Theatre and his set for The Hit earned Mike his fifth Patte Award. As an actor, Mike has appeared in many shows at LPT. Favorites include The Hit, JosephŠ, Beau Jest, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Secret Garden, and My Fair Lady. He also appeared in Crazy For You at Moonlight. TV credits include Wicked, Wicked Games as well as several commercials. Mike also designs residential interiors through his business Weekend Makeover.
Composer & Sound Designer
Actor, Director, Composer, Music Supervisor. LPT Resident Artist: Amadeus, 80 Days, Voysey Inheritance, Inspector Calls, Winslow Boy, Detective Story, Hamlet, Joseph, Secret Garden, Smoke On the Mountain, Chaps, Festival of Christmas (13 and counting!). Co-creator of MixTape (book, musical arrangements). Alice (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, currently optioned by Universal/NBC Theatricals. Original songs/arrangements: Festival of Christmas 2007-13, Traditions of Christmas (CCT). Score/sound design: Wit, Ideal Husband, The Hit, Room Service. Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. LPT Musical Direction/Supervision: Mixtape, Guys & Dolls, Pete n'Keely, Joe Vs the Volcano, Fantasticks, Hometown Christmas and Festival of Christmas 2007-12. Directing: Mix It Up, Athens High (LPT), Love's Fire, Scaffolding (CSU Fullerton), Alice, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie (CCT). Old Globe: A Room With a View, Scottsboro Boys (Music Assistant). Special Love and Gratitude to Julie, Hudson and our new daughter Macy Flynn.
has stage managed the world premiere of mixtape, in addition to An Inspector Calls; Enchanted April; Godspell; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; Boomers (x 2); The Voysey Inheritance; The Secret Garden; An American Christmas (x 6); American Rhythm; Metamorphoses; Dial M For Murder; South Pacific; The Great Divorce; 1776; Dr. Faustus; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; The Fantasticks; Joyful Noise; Hello, Dolly!; An Ideal Husband; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; and Festival of Christmas. Elsewhere she has stage managed Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, Pageant, and Man of La Mancha for North Coast Repertory Theatre and six productions for Moonlight at the Avo Playhouse and Moonlight Amphitheatre. She has also stage managed for San Diego Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company, and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from UCSD.
Props and Projection Designer
is an avid Photographer, Videographer, Painter, Sculptor and “maker of things.” Since 2008, Michael has had the honor to work with Lamb’s as a Craft Master, Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, Properties Designer, Multimedia/Video Designer and Technician, Stage Manager and Front of House Associate for various shows and special events at LPT. Other scenic design credits include: Killer Joe - San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award (Compass), Side Man (Diversionary), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Shakespeare Company)
Nate is very excited to be back working with the amazing artists at Lamb’s Players! While a member of the staff from 2003-2008, Nate designed shows such as South Pacific, Into the Woods, Cold Comfort Farm and Rehearsal for Murder. Other San Diego designs include Kingdom at the Old Globe and Golden Boy for New Village Arts. Nate is a faculty member at the University of San Diego.
is LAMB's Producing Artistic Director. He joined the staff of Lamb's Players Street Theatre as an actor and director in 1976. In 1978 LAMB'S opened its first resident theatre in National City, and then in 1994 brought the old performance space in Coronado's historic Spreckel's Building back to life as its new home. Robert has directed more than 150 productions for LAMB'S, and performed in over 100, including favorite roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1776, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Boys Next Door, and the one-man show Damien. He and his wife, director, actor, composer, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, make their home in Coronado.
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