Based on Sikivu Hutchinson’s 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival Play, NARCOLEPSY, INC. is a sci fi/speculative fiction web-series set in a theocratic Reagan-era state where sleep and dreams are policed and manufactured by the multinational, NARCOLEPSY, INC. The company’s chief scientist and engineer, Yuri, a queer, skeptic Black woman, works on an antidote to sleeplessness to correct a racialized caste system of sleepers comprised of white insomniacs and people of color teeth grinders. The dreams of teeth grinders are commodified and all sleep is induced. NARCOLEPSY, INC. takes place in a parallel universe in which a nuclear disaster (dubbed the “wipeout”) has destroyed the human central nervous system’s capacity to regulate sleep.
Sikivu’s new country rock/cowpunk inflected song focuses on a Black girl surfer summoned by enslaved ancestors to participate in a plantation insurrection. Available on Spotify