Sick (Dohrn)

by  Zayd Dohrn

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f

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

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Sick (Dohrn)

by  Zayd Dohrn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Science Fiction
  • Accolades


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

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.


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  • 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



“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


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, The Future
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A Safe Haven on the Lower East Side of Manhattan

  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 2f

The Krebs family:
SARAH – 19
DAVEY – 17

And a guest:
JIM - 26

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Cast Attributes

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



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 ...

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


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