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Jesi Bender

September 28 - September 30

$20 – $35

The Brick presents
by Jesi Bender
September 28-30, 2023

Inside the grey walls of a hospital children are been given diagnoses they don’t understand. The doctor tells them to fix their ills, or face the consequences.  Kinderkrankenhaus explores neurodiversity, the pathologizing of difference, and the complexity of labels in a world where the unspeaking are seen as unthinking. Can the children persevere in a place where they are forced to conform?

Written by Jesi Bender
Directed by Nola Latty
Starring Kayla Juntilla, Nicholas Amodio, Shafer Gootkind, June Lienard, Tiana Richards, Sydni Dichter and Joshua Cartagena
Assistant Directors: AJ Stoogenke and Alex Ramirez
Stage Manager: Alexa Sacks-Wilner

Scenic Design – Joshua Barilla 
Light Design – Persephone Matlazihua
Sound Design and Composition – Austin Purnell
Costume Design – Sam DeBell 
Projection Design – Eulaia Comas

Kinderkrankenhaus is an experimental play that explores neurodiversity, deficiency paradigms, and deconstructionism. As a parable about medical models of disability, children are gathered inside a mental hospital. They are told they need to ‘get better’, or else. Without any clue as to why they’re ‘sick’ in the first place, the children struggle with language and eventually pull apart meaning until they are free from its burden. Dark and challenging, Kinderkrankenhaus is heavily leaden with wordplay and semantics and rooted in real, often-unseen histories, including Nazi euthanasia programs. Characters represent different neurodivergent archetypes; such as echolalia, info-dumping, a character who is literal, another who is anything but – and all of them drawing extraordinary associations. At its heart, Kinderkrankenhaus is about the tension at the heart of language’s utility and malleability.

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A Note on Accessibility: The Brick has trigger warnings posted in the space for each show for you to check if you so choose. If you would rather ask questions in advance of being in the space or would like to enter in advance of house opening due to our seating not being assigned, please reach out to theresa@bricktheater.com.

Mask Policy: The Brick strongly encourages but does not require masks for audience members. We are in ongoing conversation with our artists and audiences as we continue to adapt our covid policies and it is subject to change at any time. Thank you.



September 28, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$20 – $35


Jesi Bender


Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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