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Sick (Dohrn) - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Sick (Dohrn)

Zayd Dohrn

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700651

“Engaging, funny, and sometimes shocking... You’ll find yourself thinking and talking about the play for days.” - Park Cities People

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Science Fiction

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, The Future

Settings Of Play -

A Safe Haven on the Lower East Side of Manhattan


Special Effects

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play, Kendeda

FINALIST! 2008-2009 Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award
WINNER! Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award
WINNER! 2008 Dallas-Forth Worth Critics Award, Best New Play

A college professor brings a student home to meet his dysfunctional family – a home so obsessed with cleanliness that the real dirt lurks around every corner and behind every sentence. Toying with post 9/11 phobias, this dark comedy plays upon our fears, both real and imagined.



“Mr. Dohrn seems destined to become a major American playwright, and Sick is a theatrical fable at once profound and witty… Mr. Dohrn's mastery of theatrical rhetoric brings Mr. Albee to mind… his dialogue has the same tensile strength and the same ferociously quicksilver sense of humor. He can spin a yarn, too… I have the feeling people all over America are going to be talking about Sick.” - Dallas Morning News

“Every bit as loud, stringently funny and darkly disturbing as Albee's George and Martha mayhem… Sick is a stunning piece of theater...[Dohrn] is a young Edward Albee, daring to write humor that hints at danger inside American families.” - Dallas Observer

“Engaging, funny, and sometimes shocking... You’ll find yourself thinking and talking about the play for days.” - Park Cities People

“A sharp, winning satire… a post-modern blending of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with The Glass Menagerie. The play is sharply funny throughout, exuding an irrational sense of fear that adds anxiety to the laughter.” - New Orleans Times-Picayune

Sick received its world premiere at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas, in 2008.




3m, 2f


Non-Traditional casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

The Krebs family:
SARAH – 19
DAVEY – 17

And a guest:
JIM - 26

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)

Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn was born and raised in New York City. His full-length plays include Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels), Reborning (The Public/SPF), and Sick (Kitchen Dog) - all published by Samuel French - as well as Want (Steppenwolf First Look). His work has been produced and developed at Playwrights Horizons, Theatre for One, MTC, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Boston Playwrights’, New ... view full profile

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Travis Ballenger 4/29/2013 12:12 PM
To live our day-to-day lives, we have to confidently approach the world as if it is perfectly normal and we are truly sane. What if there was some question about that? In Zayd Dohrn’s SICK, those questions are brought to the surface.

Jim, father of the Krebs family, dares to bring Tom, one of his students, home after a tennis match. Upon entering, Tom is immediately conscious of the plastic covered furniture and the general sterility of the house. We soon learn that Davey, Jim’s son, is grossly allergic to basically everything and that the outside could kill him. Meeting overbearing, overprotective mother Maxine, we question who is actually the sick person.

Alluding to Tennessee William’s GLASS MANAGERIE, Dohrn builds the world in this tense play with great skill. We often wonder, what is outside that door and what would happen should anyone escape. We understand Jim’s need, in his heartbreaking search for normality, for someone to acknowledge his situation and bear witness to the strangeness of his home. At the end of the play, we are left questioning what is normal. Are we the crazy ones?

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