Whose Life Is It Anyway?

October 27, 2023 — November 5, 2023

Carver Studio

A brilliant battle of wits takes place in this extraordinary play. Claire Harrison, a successful sculptor, is paralyzed in a car accident and kept alive by support systems in a hospital. Outwardly she’s cheerful and often very funny, but she’s overwhelmed by the fact that she has lost control of her own life. As the play begins, she is coming to the decision that if she can’t live as a woman, she doesn’t want to exist as a medical achievement. Her physician, however, is utterly determined to preserve Claire’s life, regardless of its quality. Finally despite the pleas of the doctors and her involved nurse, Claire invokes the law of habeas corpus and a judge joins the battle to determine “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”

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By Brian Clark

Whose Life Is It Anyway? is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois



  • Claire Harrison – Gail Snyder
  • Nurse Anderson – Rhonda Coleman Collins*
  • Mary Jo Sadler – Ish Klein*
  • Dr. Michael Emerson – Dale Schram
  • Dr. David Scott – Philip Borkholder
  • Dr. Paul Jacobs – Glenn Black
  • Dr. Robert Barr – Ron Dundon
  • John – Lars J. Loofboro
  • Ms. Margaret Hill – Renae C. Feldpausch
  • Mrs. Louise Boyle – Dixie Edwards
  • Peter Kershaw – Rick Moll
  • Mr. Andrew Eden – Brian Magnuson*
  • The Judge – Alan Moerdyk
  • Understudy – Amy Naugle
  • Page Turner for Claire – Martha Bay

* Civic onstage debut


  • Floor Manager – Kaia Jordan
  • Light Board Operator – Diane Vasold-Trupiano
  • A1 Operator – Brian R. Bay
  • Floor/fly Crew – Laura VanOrman
  • Director – Mary Catherine Redmon
  • Scenic Designer – Justin Muse
  • Costume Designer- Elaine Kauffman
  • Lighting Designer – Delaney McKenzie
  • Sound Designer – Raven Moore
  • Technical Director – Phillip A. Miller
  • Properties Master – Christopher Lewis
  • Stage Manager – Jan Watson
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Kaia Jordan
  • Scenic Carpenters – Ryan Burke, Jacob Miller
  • Charge Painter – Justin Muse
  • Costume Assistant – Isabella Bolden, Camille Van Dien
  • Properties Artisan – Jamie Chapin
  • Production Stage Manager – Stacey Jaeger
  • Videographer – Katherine Mumma
  • Photographer/Graphic Designer – Deborah Mitchell
  • Director of Volunteers – Mike Artis
  • Artistic Director – Anthony J. Hamilton
  • Executive Director – Laura M. Zervic

Performance Dates

  • Friday, October 27, 2023, at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 7:30 PM (ASL Interpreted & Audio Described)
  • Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 2:00 PM
  • Friday, November 3, 2023, at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 2:00 PM

Carver Studio
426 S. Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

All performances in the Carver Studio are general seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Parking is located behind the Carver Center and street parking is available for free after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the box office at 269.343.1313.