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Written and performed by Elizabeth Kenny
Directed by John Kazanjian

Following a successful, 3-month run in Seattle (during which it was extended five times), Sick is now touring. If you are interested in bringing Sick to you, please contact us at info at shadylaneproductions dot org or 206.420.8404.

Elizabeth Kenny was a healthy thirty-two year-old woman who went to the doctor for a common ailment. A year and a half later, she was being escorted by hospital orderlies to a coffee shop along with the rest of the level 5 patients from the psych ward.

“feisty and brash, with a wicked sense of humor…prosecuted with a gut-wrenching immediacy one won’t soon forget.” – Seattle Times

Sick, a new performance written and performed by Seattle monologuist Elizabeth Kenny, and collaboratively created with New City Theater Artistic Director John Kazanjian, explores a patient’s two-year odyssey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world—an odyssey that
almost killed her. It investigates how treatment by well-meaning, sophisticated practitioners for a common gynecological issue plunged her into a downward spiral through the complex medical and mental health establishments. It examines the ways that the intricate threads woven between healthcare providers, pharmaceutical makers, insurance companies, and medical educators unknowingly conspire to undermine patient care. This is the story of everyone trying hard to get it right…but getting it wrong anyway.

“Kenny’s story is a damning one that should be seen by psychotherapists, the pharmaceutical industry, and you.” – Seattle Weekly

Without sentimentality or polemics, Sick chronicles Kenny’s heroic struggle to pull herself back from a precipice, and bravely exposes the forces that conspired to push her there.

Elizabeth Kenny is well known to Seattle theatre audiences, having performed at New City Theater, Seattle Rep, The Empty Space Theatre, and ACT Theatre, amongst numerous others. In 2004, Elizabeth received a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her “quietly electrifying” performance in New City Theater’s production of Neil Labute’s Bash under the direction of John Kazanjian. When she presented the story of Sick to the students and doctors at Harvard Medical School, they lauded it as “one of the most informative and affecting Grand Rounds” they’d ever experienced.

“This play should be included in every healthcare provider conference as a
required workshop.” – audience comment

Want to learn more about the issues discussed in Sick? Check out Elizabeth’s reading list.

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