Mercy Killers Mankato
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
For more info, or if you have trouble ordering your tickets, feel free to call 917 882 9457.
Please Note! Donations for 'The Mercy Killers Tour' will also be accepted at the door!
Joe (Broadway actor Michael Milligan) loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, and the fourth of July. But when his wife gets sick and loses her insurance Joe's 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.
“Boldly and wonderfully acted, the play left many audience members in tears, inspiring both compassion and a sense of the need for change.... With an eye toward individualism and the American dream, Mercy Killers ultimately calls for—much more than medical reform—reform of the values that comprise our culture today.” Aaron Smith, ARTS/West
About the Author/Performer:
Michael is a performer who has been writing and acting for the theater for almost two decades. Milligan has appeared on the Broadway stage as Little Charles in August: Osage County, De Bries in La Bete, and as a ‘raver’ and understudy on Jerusalem. No stranger to the one man show, Milligan performed Pulitzer finalist Will Eno’s ‘Thom Pain’ in the original New York run taking over from James Urbaniak and T. Ryder Smith at the DR2. Other New York credits include The Golem with Robert Prosky, the world premiere of ‘The Empty Ocean’ with Harold Clurman Theater Lab, and ‘Nightlands’ with New Georges.
Milligan received his training from Juilliard where he won the John Houseman Prize for excellence in classical drama. His love of Shakespeare has taken him around the world performing the bard for the Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare and Company, Cincinatti Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, the Utah, Alabama, Illinois, Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, Milwaukee Shakes, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and New Jersey Shakespeare in roles as diverse as Hamlet, Mercutio, Romeo, Angelo, Cassio, Dromio, Lucentio, Antipholus, Mark Antony, Edgar, Orlando, as well as many spear carriers and various shrubbery movers. Milligan is a sometime instructor of Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC.
He has also appeared at many of the nation’s top regional theaters including the Guthrie, Westport Country Playhouse, Charlotte Rep, The McCarter Theater, and Folger Theater in Washington D.C.
“…an emotionally compelling rollercoaster of a ride, thoroughly convincing in its evocation of Joe, a good-old boy auto-mechanic from small-town south-eastern Ohio who has pretty much always played by the rules, never asked for hand-outs, and prided himself on his independence- until, that is, his wife is diagnosed with cancer and everything starts to unravel. The human cost of this devastating development is wrenching as Michael Milligan explores Joe’s feelings of guilt for having somehow not done enough to prevent things unfolding as they did, but the dramatic momentum of the monologue derives from its ringing indictment of the American health-care system, which bankrupts the couple.” Andy Spencer, Editor, Communications