by: Erik Patterson
directed by: Diane Rodriguez


David needs to get laid, Gary could use a drink, and Tim would like you to take your top off. Carla craves cocaine, Jeannie’s got God, and Pamela keeps digging herself deeper into the funny and frightening world of hypochondria. But that’s just the beginning: things are about to get sick.

  • When it comes to walking the fine line between humor and misery, Erik Patterson is an experienced high-wire artist... “Sick” is an incisive treatment of hypochondria and addiction that can be blisteringly funny. Laughs aside, however, Patterson has a point to make about society’s generalized paranoia and malaise."
    Los Angeles Times
  • "The two-character scenes that dominate the piece showcase Erik Patterson's edgy and hilarious play, and Diane Rodriguez's muscular direction energizes its episodic nature, cleverly turning even the transitions into opportunities for storytelling..." LA Weekly
  • "Playwright Erik Patterson admits to personal hypochondria in the program notes for this resplendently twisted effort—yet another in his string of hilariously wicked and glaringly contemporary plays gloriously sending up the communal sickness that affects us all as our country becomes progressively more immune to wellness." Backstage
  • starring: Anita Dashiel, Ramon de Ocampo, Johnny Giacalone, Diarra Kilkpatrick, Quinton Lopez, Vanessa Martin, Brendan O'Malley and Luca Oriel
  • scenic designer: Sandra Burns
  • lighting designer: Adam Blumenthal
  • sound designer: Dennis Yen
  • casting director: Raul Clayton Staggs
  • stage manager: Caitlin Reinhart
  • producer: Diane Levine

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