Dead and Breathing
by Chisa Hutchinson

Productions (4)
  • Drama
  • 80 - 95 minutes
  • 2 f (2 actors possible: 1-2 f, 0-1 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Unit set: a master suite (bedroom and bathroom) complete with bed, nightstand, chair, tub, toilet and sink
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-066-8

Dead and Breathing
by Chisa Hutchinson

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Productions (4)
  • Drama
  • 80 - 95 minutes
  • 2 f (2 actors possible: 1-2 f, 0-1 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Unit set: a master suite (bedroom and bathroom) complete with bed, nightstand, chair, tub, toilet and sink

Cranky old Carolyn Whitlock has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. But she'll have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her oversharing and very Christian nurse to help her end it. Through surprising humor 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.

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Play Details

Cranky old Carolyn Whitlock has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. But she'll have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her oversharing and very Christian nurse to help her end it. Through surprising humor 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.

  • Drama
  • 80 - 95 minutes
  • 2 f (2 actors possible: 1-2 f, 0-1 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Unit set: a master suite (bedroom and bathroom) complete with bed, nightstand, chair, tub, toilet and sink
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-066-8

Published Reviews

"If you are looking for an exhilarating, raucous, hilarious, roller-coaster ride of a show, a genuine gem from start to finish, you must drop whatever you're doing and run to see Chisa Hutchinson's Dead and Breathing."

MD Theater Guide

"A provocative and witty look at a controversial issue, the right to die, as well as a frank take on sexual identity and religion."

Theater Life

"In the course of ninety relentless minutes the play twists and turns through a number of absurdly funny as well as deeply touching revelations about the life of each character until the two ultimate revelations that have to do with the presumed versus the actual identifying label under which each of them operated."

NY Theatre Wire

"[A] funny and spirited tale about assisted suicide."

The Washington Post

"An engaging, heartfelt exploration on death and the need for redemption."

DC Metro Theater Arts

Production History

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Location
OCT 28, 2015 - NOV 03, 2015
National Black Theatre
New York, NY United States
National Black Theatre New York, NY United States
JUL 11, 2014 - AUG 03, 2014
Contemporary American Theater Festival
Shepherdstown, WV United States
Contemporary American Theater Festival Shepherdstown, WV United States
JAN 13, 2014 - JAN 13, 2014
New Dramatists
New York, NY United States
New Dramatists New York, NY United States
FEB 09, 2013 - FEB 09, 2013
Lark Play Development Center
New York, NY United States
Lark Play Development Center New York, NY United States
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Production Group
Location
OCT 28, 2015 - NOV 03, 2015
National Black Theatre
New York, NY United States
National Black Theatre New York, NY United States
JUL 11, 2014 - AUG 03, 2014
Contemporary American Theater Festival
Shepherdstown, WV United States
Contemporary American Theater Festival Shepherdstown, WV United States

Awards (1)

Nominated for Audelco (Production, Playwright, Director, Ensemble, & Set Design)

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