Miss Witherspoon

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Miss Witherspoon is a play written in 2005 by Christopher Durang. It was one of three finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[1][2] The play, a black comedy, was named one of the Ten Best Plays of 2005 by Time Magazine and Newsday.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

A woman named Veronica, who is a recent suicide, has to go back to the world of the living to cleanse her “brown tweedy aura” and learn the values of life. She finds herself in Bardo, a Tibetan Buddhist netherworld and the place where you wait to be reincarnated.[4] She is not enthusiastic. All she's interested in is dying again, and as soon as possible.[5] But her perky Indian spirit guide Maryamma insists that she go back to earth, again and again, and it is all for her own good. She is persistently pessimistic and cranky and the other spirits dub her Miss Witherspoon—the kind of name you'd associate with a grumpy old English lady in an Agatha Christie novel.[6]

Production history[edit]

Miss Witherspoon premiered off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in association with McCarter Theater on September 9, 2005.[7] It starred Kristine Nielsen as Veronica, Mahira Kakkar as her Indian guide Maryamma, and Linda Gravatt, Jeremy Shamos and Colleen Werthmann in a variety of supporting roles.[8] Subsequent productions include:


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