• Vivian Bearing, PhD – 50 years old, a professor of seventeenth-century poetry at the university, diagnosed with stage IV, metastatic ovarian cancer
  • Harvey Kelekian, MD – 50 years old, chief of medical oncology at the University Hospital
  • Jason Posner, MD – 28 years old, a clinical fellow at the Medical Oncology branch; former student of Dr Bearing, current student of Dr. Kelekian.
  • Susie Monahan, RN, BSN - 28 years old, Dr Bearing's primary nurse
  • Dr E M Ashford, PhD – 80 years old, professor emerita of English literature; Vivian's former college professor
  • Mr Bearing, Vivian's father
  • Assorted lab technicians and students
Role New York Premiere Cast, September 17, 1998 New York City, MCC Theater, Chelsea
Vivian Bearing, PhD Kathleen Chalfant
Harvey Kelekian, MD Walter Charles
Dr Jason Posner Alec Phoenix
Susie Monahan Paula Pizzi
E. M. Ashford Helen Stenborg
Laboratory technicians and students Brian J. Carter, Daniel Sarnelli, Alli Steinberg, Lisa Tharps
Mr. Bearing Walter Charles

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