Dead and Breathing, Chisa Hutchinson’s dark comedy of ethics and mortality, is to play both Liverpool’s Unity Theatre and the Albany Theatre, London, in the New Year.
Directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, the play positions the right to die against the right to live your own life.
Through constantly surprising humour and persistent questioning, Dead and Breathing investigates morality, mortality, and the intense tug-of-war between the right to die with dignity and the idea of life as a gift.
It tells the story of spiteful old Carolyn Whitlock (Lizan Mitchell) who wants to end her life.
But in order to do so, she’s going to have to convince her very Christian nurse Veronika (Kim Tatum) to help her.
Can this well-to-do widow, slowly succumbing to cancer manage to convince her home nurse to help her end her life?
It wouldn’t be easy at the best of times, but it becomes almost impossible when Carolyn finds a final hurdle she must overcome.
Spoiled, privileged, sheltered and judgemental Carolyn is repulsed by transsexuals and Veronika happens to be one.
Lizan Mitchell is a multi-award winning stage and film actress based in New York. Her credits on Broadway include Electra, Having Our Say, So Long on Lonely Street.
Off-Broadway she has appeared in The First Noel, Brownsville Song, Cell, Rosmersholm, For Colored Girls (25th Anniversary), Gum, Ma Rose and Salt.
Her film and TV work includes roles in Detroit, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Deadbeat, We’ll Never Have Paris, Golden Boy, John Adams, The Good Wife, The Human Stain, The Preacher’s Wife, Sesame Street, and The Wire.
Kim Tatum is an American trans woman actress. In 2017 she played Joan, in the critically acclaimed run of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s play Summer in London at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Kim is also lead actress in the Spectrum London series, directed by Campbell X. Other TV credits include EastEnders and Cold Feet.
Dead and Breathing runs at the Unity Theatre from February 7 – 17 and Albany Theatre from February 19 – March 3.