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“Beautiful and heartbreaking.”—American Theatre Magazine
As part of the Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics Series, which engages core health issues in society today, we will present Mercy Killers, a one-man theatrical performance featuring playwright and actor Michael Milligan and directed by Tom Oppenheim. This provocative play takes an honest and heartbreaking look at the increasing dysfunction of the American health care system.
Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down. Mercy Killers powerfully reveals Joe’s journey as he struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty.
Playwright and actor Michael Milligan has been writing and acting for the theatre for almost two decades. Milligan has appeared on Broadway as Little Charles in August: Osage County, De Bries in La Bete and as a “raver” and understudy in Jerusalem. He also received four stars for his performance of Lanford Wilson’s one-man show Poster of the Cosmos at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Milligan’s produced plays include Heroine, Urgent: Aliens and a musical adaptation of Aesop’s Fables. His love of Shakespeare has taken him around the world, performing at the Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the country. More
Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Family Medicine), Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine), and Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics).
Cosponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics, USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics