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At the Broadwater Mainstage in Hollywood

PREVIEWS

Saturday, June 3, 12:30pm & Tuesday, June 6, 8pm

 

PERFORMANCES

Friday, June 9, 7pm

Sunday, June 11, 2pm

Thursday, June 15, 7pm

Saturday June 17, 8pm

Sunday, June 18, 4pm

Wednesday, June 21, 5pm

Saturday, June 24, 10:30pm

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
DAHN HIUNI

MUSIC BY GRAMMY-NOMINATED COMPOSER
LARRY WILLIAMS

"This is an important piece,
both timely and timeless."

-Michael Lamb, Editor in chief,

ECHELON MAGAZINE

An edge-of-your-seat dramedy, SICK tells the story of the early 1970s struggle to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. With humor and poignancy, early 70s music, and the ghost of Freud himself, the play recounts a pivotal moment in gay history, while affirming the power of the individual in the struggle for equality and human rights.

WITH

Nick Blocha, Keith Bush
Mikel Farber, Michael Garcia Otavo
Maya Knell, Daniel Kuhlman

Robert Lee & Kevin Michael Moran

A new full-length dramedy, SICK tells the story of the early 1970s struggle to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. With humor and poignancy, early 70s music, and the ghost of Freud himself, the play recounts a pivotal moment in gay history, while affirming the power of the individual in the struggle for equality and human rights.

"With Incisive writing and excellent directing, this is an important piece, both timely and timeless."

--Michael Lamb, Editor in chief, ECHELON MAGAZINE

"The play is truly excellent....very useful history presented in a compelling way."
--Anthony R. D'Augelli, author of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities
"Brilliant work! Such great casting and directing. Dahn Hiuni's writing is sublime".
--Denise David Williams, Producer
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Dahn Hiuni

Playwright/Director

DAHN HIUNI is a Los Angeles-based playwright. His new, full-length dramedy SICK won the One City One Pride West Hollywood LGBTQ+ Play Festival and received a virtual reading in June 2020. His previous play MURMURS & INCANTATIONS was featured at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival, at the historic Soho Playhouse, where it won the Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Mr. Hiuni's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Playbill, and The Dramatist. He holds an MFA in Studio Art and a PhD in Performance Studies, both from Penn State.

www.dahnhiuni.com

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Larry Williams

Composer

LARRY WILLIAMS (Composer) Grammy-nominated producer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Larry Williams has performed, co-produced and toured with the greatest musical artists on some of the best-selling albums and films in music history. A founding member of the seminal band Seawind in 1975, Larry has gone on to record with a who’s who of the music industry including Green Day, John Mayer, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Hudson, Prince, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Placido Domingo, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell, Don Henley, The Pussycat Dolls, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Dionne Warwick, David Foster, Patti LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters and Frank Sinatra, and has had a long recording and touring association with five-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau. Larry credits Quincy Jones as his mentor with whom he recorded over 30 projects including Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall”, “Bad” and “Thriller” – the biggest selling album of all time.

Robert Besner

Producer

Robert Besner is a Toronto-based psychologist with interests in psychoanalysis, Buddhism, infant mental health, and dance. He is a longtime follower of Dahn's Hiuni's career and has been a co-producer of Dahn's earlier work. Rob has been a supporter of Dancetheatre David Earle in Canada, and created a COVID fund for its dancers. He has conducted the Esther and Bernard Besner Infant Mental Health Project since 2012. Dahn's play SICK documents an essential historical shift in the recognition of gay rights in mental health and the normalization of same-sex love. It touches on Rob's concerns for human development and human rights.

Associate Producer/Production Manager

Peggy Burt (she/her) Associate Producer. Peggy Burt has an extensive background in dance, theatre and musical theatre as a teacher, choreographer and performer. She is a member of the Lineage Performing Arts Center Board of Directors and a former Lineage Dancer. She is also a yoga and meditation teacher with Spiral Heart Yoga and Yoga House in Pasadena. Previously, Peggy was the producer for Pippin at the Lineage Performing Arts Center, Next to Normal with Lineage at the Gamble House over the course of two successful runs, and the Lineage production, The Curiosity Tales. Peggy also supported the production of The Spitfire Grill at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in 2022. Peggy was pleased to be on the production team for the Lineage production of After Roe, exploring a world in which access to women’s healthcare is greatly restricted. Peggy’s most recent production at the Lineage Performing Arts Center was A New Day: A Love Letter to Those We Lost honoring those impacted by HIV/AIDS with two runs in 2022-2023. Peggy is thrilled to be supporting this production of SICK.  

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Desiree Staples

Assistant Director/Dramaturg

Desiree Staples is thrilled to be making her Assistant Directing theater debut! Staples is a producer, filmmaker, and actress experienced in theater, film, and television. She is a proud Alumna of Northwestern University (Theater/Musical Theater), and the receipient of the Sarah Siddons Award Scholarship 2014. Desiree has performed across the country at the Marriott Lincolnshire (On The Town), The Cherry Lane Theater (Kafka's The Trial), Windy City Playhouse (A Recipe for Disaster), Boho Theater Company (Urinetown-Jeff Award Nomination for Best Musical) and The Broad Stage (Empire Burlesque, Dir. Dan Castellaneta) among many others! For Film/Television, Staples produced the dark comedy CIRCUS PERSON, a Tribeca NOW 2020 showcase selection, winner of Best of Festival Top achievement at Catalyst Content, and an Audience Choice Award top pick at the Nashville Film Festival. Her dramedy pilot IT'S WHAT SHE WOULD HAVE WANTED was a prestigious selection in the 2021 Tribeca Creators Market, winner of “Best Ensemble Cast” at the Catalyst Film Festival and recently programmed and released on Omeleto. Staples Produced the feature film TAKE ME TO TARZANA, a Gold Remi Winner at Worldfest Houston. Her comedy pilot, THE INFLUENCERS, which she co-created and produced, has screened at over 25 festivals around the world. Most recently, Staples served as lead actress and executive producer for the upcoming feature film, MY DIVORCE PARTY, alongside Rumer Willis and Laith Ashley and is producing Sam Fox's upcoming horror comedy short film FCK'N NUTS. Desiree is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, a Co-founder of the Female Filmmakers Forumon Clubhouse, and is the Co-President of Northwestern University’s Entertainment Alliance - NUEA West. Go Cats! @Desireestaples (Instagram). She thanks Dahn for this incredible opportunity, Momo, and her family & friends' support!

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Peggy Burt 

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