Elizabeth Kenny

Actor and playwright Elizabeth Kenny performs an excerpt from her play dramatizing a horrifying journey through the American medical system.

“Feisty and brash, with a wicked sense of humor...a gut-wrenching immediacy one won’t soon forget.” — The Seattle Times


Actor and playwright 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 in a locked level 5 psych ward. Her two-year odyssey inside the United States’ healthcare system inspired Elizabeth to write and perform a one-woman show, Sick. Following a successful run in Seattle (during which it was extended five times), Sick has been touring the nation. Next, Elizabeth co-wrote a play with rock music that explored the untold stories of Seattle’s women of grunge. Elizabeth lives in San Francisco, where she’s working on a film version of Sick, teaching storytelling workshops, and writing a new script that explores the phrase “what we know about the brain is…”


Quick Links


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Glenmullen, J. (Free Press, 2006)

Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives
Glenmullen, J. (Simon & Shuster, 2001)

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs
Hall, W. (Icarus Project, 2007)

The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
Kirsch, I. (Basic Books, 2011)