The Hummingbird Wars

by Carter Lewis
Sonoma State University, Fall 2015

Study Guide

Discussion Questions (DOC)

For instructors to explore with their students after viewing the performance..

Birds! (PDF)

from Marisabel Curtis, student Dramaturg
Are they birds or are they people?  Fun facts about hummingbirds, with suggestions about how their biology relates to the play.

The Endangered Middle Class

Recent New York Times article about the precariousness of the middle class in the United States.

Financial Toxicity (PDF)

from Marisabel Curtis, student Dramaturg
How much does a band-aid REALLY cost?  Brief article about patients being bankrupted by the high price of medical care.

Secondary Traumatization (DOC)

by Travis Deck, student dramaturgical researcher
What's going on with this veteran and his family?  Brief summary of the psychological dynamic of secondary traumatization, with suggestions of its links to the play.

Secondary Traumatization, part II (PDF)

from Travis Deck, student dramaturgical researcher
In-depth psychology article about the relationship between PTSD and secondary traumatization for loved ones.

Big Pharma (PDF)

from Marisabel Curtis, student Dramaturg
Where DO Tracey's meds come from?  A look at greed and the American pharmaceutical industry.