Show Summary

Role: Dr. Jason Posner

Playwright: Margaret Edson

Director: David Wintersteen

CompanyTheatre B

Performance Dates:

Stage Run: September 25 – October 18, 2014
Community Performances: September 19 and October 30, 2014

Number of Performances: 18


Stage Run: Black Box, Proscenium
Community Performances: Auditorium. (Audiences were health care professionals)


Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play.

"Professor Bearing. How are you feeling today?" - Jason

Media Coverage

Show Blurb – NDSU Spectrum – October 2, 2014

Show Review – NDSU Spectrum – October 6, 2014

Performance announcement – Grand Forks Herald – October 30, 2014

Playbill Biography

Matthew Collie is making his theater debut.  No stranger to performing, he was awarded 4th Place Speaker in the Nation at the 2006 National Forensic Association (NFA) intercollegiate speech tournament 5th Place at the 2005 NFA tournament and is a member NFA Hall of Fame. Matthew received his B.A. in History from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He works for CoreLink Administrative Solutions in Fargo.

Production Photo Credits

Production photos were taken by the talented Michael Benedict.