By: Patrick Christiano
The New York premiere of Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson, a GLAAD Media Award winner, opened at Barbara Ann Teer’s NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest ongoing black theater in New York on November 5. The engaging 90 minute two character tale by the talented playwright is a provocative and witty look at a controversial issue, the right to die, as well as a frank take on sexual identity and religion. Two women, who have little in common except race, clash head to head over the gift of life in an escalating power struggle that takes several surprising turns before Hutchinson’s explosively nuanced play makes a final fade out.
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Dead and Breathing is now playing at National Black Theatre, at the corner of 125 Street and Fifth Avenue, through November 23. Performances are Monday, Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm & 7:30pm and Sunday at 4pm. NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE is located in the heart of Harlem at 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way (at the corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue — accessible from the 2,3,4,5,6 trains at 125th Street). Tickets are $30, available at 866-811-4111 or www.nationalblacktheatre.org.
Photography: Patrick Christiano
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