Hiccups

In this solo play, one actor plays five roles. Hiccups is a part documentary/part autobiographical nosedive into life with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which was culled from hours of interviews, memory, real life experiences and imagination. Irreverent, funny and poignant, the play deeply enters the lives of four sufferers, confronting myths and misconceptions of OCD, while bringing the audience face-to-face...
In this solo play, one actor plays five roles. Hiccups is a part documentary/part autobiographical nosedive into life with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which was culled from hours of interviews, memory, real life experiences and imagination. Irreverent, funny and poignant, the play deeply enters the lives of four sufferers, confronting myths and misconceptions of OCD, while bringing the audience face-to-face with their own deepest fears and obsessive tendencies, in unique, interactive ways.

"I hope that I will eventually be able to experience a full production of HICCUPS, with audio and visual effects and a theater full of resonant viewers — viewers who will assure you (of this, if nothing else) that OCD is the psychological epidemic of our age. HICCUPS contains the best of what theater can offer — a story of Everyman/woman, told in the voices of very specific men and women." -Barbara Hort (Licensed Psychologist and Theatre Professional)


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Hiccups

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    19 Aug. 2020
    A powerhouse of a play that truly takes us into the disease of OCD from a culture that promotes self doubt, perfectionism and anxiety. A great play to shed light on an epidemic that needs our understanding and help to heal. Well done.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    15 Jul. 2020
    Beautifully written and structured solo show that makes excellent use of the form. Rosenblatt's piece feels both deeply personal, intimate, and specific, while also being extremely relatable and universal in how it zooms out to articulate others' experiences. OCD is explored here in such a way that makes it accessible to folks unfamiliar with the disorder while simultaneously providing nuanced and essential representation that is reaffirming for those who are living with it, as well as for anyone who has been stigmatized for their mental health issues. Hilarious, fast-paced, poignant, and engaging!
  • Toby Malone:
    14 Jul. 2020
    "“I’m so OCD” doesn’t even make sense, grammatically."

    So says Jess, one of the many vibrant characters that people this sprawling, intimate one-man-show with such diversity and breadth that you can very easily forget it's all to be performed by one actor, which then flips into a longing to see this taken on by someone talented enough do it justice. "I'm so OCD" doesn't make grammatical sense, but OCD doesn't make any other kind of sense in general. Ben, our protagonist, struggles with what he can't explain or quantify, and we join in his quest for knowledge. Masterful.

Character Information

  • Ben
  • Dr. Carter
  • Jess
  • Ramon
  • Matt

Development History

  • Workshop
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    American Records
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    2015
  • Reading
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    American Records
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    2013