Mercy Killers, written and performed by Michael Milligan, directed by Tom Oppenheim, has won a prestigious First Fringe Award from The Scotsman for best new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:
“…thoroughly moving" and "...theatre distilled to its most basic essentials” (The Scotsman).
If you are trying to understand health care in America, see Mercy Killers.
Mercy Killers is a one-man theater piece taken from the collected stories of people suffering financial disaster on top of chronic illnesses. After hearing many horror stories of the American health care system, Michael Milligan (whose Broadway credits include August: Osage Country, La Bête, and Jerusalem) works to put a human face on what he perceives to be a national tragedy.
“… a surprisingly tender love story, Mercy Killers stands out as some of the best theatre at the Fringe.” -TV BOMB
More about Mercy Killers THE STORY: 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. In Mercy Killers, a new one-man play, Joe struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty. “Michael Milligan’s Mercy Killers is a powerful teaching tool to deliver the emotional impact of how our healthcare system chews up and spits out so many Americans. This masterfully written and performed play displays the agonizing, dehumanizing suffering needlessly imposed on decent people by a system that turns healthcare into a market commodity instead of a basic human right. Mercy Killers poignantly demonstrates how rugged individualism can’t compete with diseases and expenses that can strike down anyone.”
BUDDY ROBINSON, CO-COORDINATOR, GREATER MINNESOTA HEALTH CARE COALITION