The play focuses on a handful of student leaders who were disgusted by the Vietnam War and rampant inequality at home. The student leaders seized control of Students for a Democratic Society and reshaped it in the name of overthrowing the United States’ government.
Based on true events, HOME/SICK examines collective action. Many of the student leaders believed violence would be the only means to a true and lasting peace. They accelerated a movement to its breaking point, but left a country behind. HOME/SICK explores the Weather Underground Organization’s inspiration and idealism, infighting and ultimate disintegration.
The play is the seventh production created and staged by The Assembly, a collective of multi-disciplinary performance artists.
“2017 is the right time to revive HOME/SICK. Waking up to an America we no longer recognize, millions of citizens shocked into action are looking to organizers and movement-builders to show us the way forward,” The Assembly said in a statement. “Whenever we’ve revived or toured the play, its resonance has changed depending on the current political climate. Today, when the foundations of our democracy are under assault, we want to reconsider the promise and peril of radical activism and dissent.”
According to the company, HOME/SICK relates the rise and fall of the Weather Underground, one of the most impassioned and infamous political movements in modern American history. In addition to recounting the troubled tale of the 1960s student movement, The Assembly are excited to embark on an in-depth conversation series focused on tools for coalition-building
“We invite audiences to join us at JACK, one of New York’s most diverse and inclusive performance spaces, to take a new look at America’s bygone revolutionaries and to listen to the current leaders of our own urgent moment,” the statement said.
Following the show on March 23, there will be a discussion as part of the show’s “Making Our Ideal America: Conversations on Coalition-Building” series. Aziz Dehkan, a community activist and Executive Director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, will be the speaker at the post-talk discussion.
HOME/SICK was devised and written collectively by Stephen Aubrey, Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Nick Benacerraf, Kate Benson, Marianne Broome, Jess Chayes, Anna Abhau Elliott, Luke Harlan and Emily Louise Perkins. The cast includes Anna Abhau Elliott, Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Kate Benson, Luke Harlan and Emily Louise Perkins.
It originally premiered at The Collapsable Hole in 2011 and was subsequently remounted at The Living Theatre in 2012, where the show was famously performed by flashlight during Hurricane Sandy. The play traveled to Wesleyan University in Connecticut and the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets from $15 - $30 based on availability and can be purchased at www.AssemblyTheater.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.