Dead and Breathing
by Chisa Hutchinson
directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
Spiteful old Carolyn Whitlock wants to die already. She’s been sick with cancer for almost as long as she can remember and the pain has made her so mean that there’s no one left who loves her. She just wants to give up, but now she’s going to have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her very Christian nurse to help her end it. But Veronika isn’t all she seems, and before Carolyn can die in peace, they’ll both need to let go of everything they believe about what is right.
Dead and Breathing is an unexpectedly funny tale of morality and mortality that pits the right to die against the right to live on your own terms.
Dead and Breathing is an Arch 468 co-production with Unity Theatre and The Albany, funded by Arts Council England.
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: The First Noel, Brownsville Song, Cell, Rosmersholm, For Colored Girls (25th Anniversary), Gum, Ma Rose and Salt. Other theatre includes Skeleton Crew (Trinity Rep, Baltimore Center Stage), A Raisin in the Sun (Arena Stage), The Good Peaches (Cleveland Play House), The House That Will Not Stand, (Yale Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Victory Gardens), Dead and Breathing (CATF, National Black Theater), A Trip to Bountiful (Cincinnati Playhouse, Roundhouse Theater).
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.
(AKA MZ KIMBERLEY)
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. Her film work includes Killer Tongue and Club La Mode.
Kim has modelled extensively, appearing alongside Kelly Osbourne in the TV series Project Cat Walk and at London fashion week for Red or Dead. She has featured as cover girl for popular magazines including Elle, QX, The Face, Bizarre, Prime, Time Out and Heat. Her commercial work includes Super Ice Tennents, Renault Cars, and Dove.
Kim also performs internationally as Mzz Kimberley in her award-winning solo cabaret show. She studied at the New York Academy of Theatre Arts and received her musical theatre diploma from the City Lit in London England.
Chisa Hutchinson's award-wiining plays, including She Like Girls, Sex on Sunday, The Subject, Dead & Breathing, and Somebody’s Daughter, have been produced by City Parks' Summerstage, the Lark, the National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Atlantic Theater Company. Amongst others, she has won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the PoNY Fellowship. She’s also been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a Humanitas Fellow, and a Resident Playwright at Second Stage Theater. Chisa is a fourth-year member of New Dramatists in New York and a Creative Writing Professor at the University of Delaware. (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU - Tisch School of the Arts)
Rebecca is an award winning film and theatre maker who directs, writes, devises and produces theatre and performance and has directed more than 20 professional productions internationally. Her recent production of Cuddles by Joseph Wilde played a sell-out off-Broadway run, was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and was named one of the 10 best shows of the year by both the New York Times and New York Post. The production will now be made into a feature film with Nicole Kidman.
Directing includes: Theatre. For Arch 468, MilkMilkLemonade, Learning How to Swim (Ovalhouse), Cuddles (UK tour and 59E59 Theaters New York), Seeking Oblivion, The Sluts of Sutton Drive (Finborough Theatre), Mrs Edna Way, Rather More Pressing Issues and Right. Other directing includes: The Crunch (Look Left Look Right), Work/Play, Fosterling, (Ovalhouse), Top Brass, Anhedonia (Theatre 503), Seeking Oblivion (BAC), Mother Clap’s Molly House and The Flies (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham). Film. Domesticity.
From 2010 - 2015 Rebecca was Director of Theatre at Ovalhouse. She is Founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Arch 468 and Chair of the Board of Dante or Die.
Sarah studied Drama at the University of Exeter and trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course. She is the co-founder of 'THE ATTIC' costume collective. She’s a regular collaborator with Wonderful Beast, Tete a Tete and Icon Theatre. Previous design credits include: The Mrs Mcmoon show, The Egg, Bath; A tale of Two Cities, Darlington Civic Theatre;Caught, Pleasance Theatre; Grass, Unicorn Theatre and national tour; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Park theatre; A World Elsewhere, Theatre 503; The Fosterling, Ovalhouse; The Poet's Manifesto, Theatre Royal Stratford East;L'Enfant et les Sortileges, & Wind in the Willows for Iris Theatre, St Pauls, Covent Garden. She also designs for live events and photo shoots with previous clients including Zoella, Playstation, Ray Ban, Assassins Creed Syndicate and the Wellcome Trust.
Katharine Williams is a lighting designer for live performance and works in the UK and internationally. Recent designs include: Education, Education, Education (Wardrobe Ensemble), Flood (Slung Low), Medea (Bristol Old Vic), Two Man Show and The Darkest Corners (RashDash), Instructions for Border Crossing (Daniel Bye), Big Guns (Yard Theatre), Am I Dead Yet? (Unlimited) and Ode To Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse). She is lead artist on the Love Letters to the Home Office project and the founder of the Crew for Calais initiative, which is what happens when people from the theatre and creative industries come together to help refugees. www.crewforcalais.org
Edward studied Music at Oxford University and subsequently trained as a composer and sound designer at the Bournemouth Media School. He works in theatre, film, television and radio. He has recently been nominated for several Off West End Theatre Awards, and films he has recently worked on have won several awards at the LA International Film Festival and Filmstock International Film Festival.
Recent theatre includes: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar Warehouse) Platinum (Hampstead Theatre) Baddies the Musical (Unicorn Theatre) Breaking the Ice (Unicorn Theatre) Chef (Soho Theatre) Abigail’s Party (Leicester Curve) Hannah (Unicorn Theatre) The Cement Garden (VAULT Festival) The Speed Twins (Riverside Studios) Eugenie Grandet (Hartshorn-Hook Productions) Cuddles (Ovalhouse) Molly Sweeney (The Print Room/Lyric ) Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre), Gravity (Birmingham Rep Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Almeida), Thom Pain (Print Room), On The Rocks, Amongst Friends and Darker Shores (Hampstead Theatre.