HARRIS CENTER PRESENTS
Thursday, October 1, 2015 — Saturday, October 3, 2015
Mercy Killers is in the tradition of American playwrights from Arthur Miller and Clifford Odets, to Tony Kutchner and Anna Deavere Smith in capturing political and social reality in powerful story and unforgettable character. “Over 60% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are the result of medical debt, says Milligan. What most people don’t realize is that the majority of those bankruptcies, the person involved actually had insurance at the onset of their health crises.” This discovery led him to collect stories from people suffering financial disaster on top of chronic illnesses.
After hearing many horror stories of victims of the growing dysfunction of the American health care system, Milligan worked to put a human face on what he believed was a national tragedy. Joe is a bluecollar mechanic with a red state perspective. A staunch believer in the American way of life, he prizes hard work, self reliance and personal liberty. He is deeply in love with his wife and even enjoys their “nuclear” arguments on the dangers of too much Rush Limbaugh and not enough organic foods. Everything changes when she is diagnosed with cancer. Mercy Killers is an emotional journey of a man who fights for his wife’s life using every resource, personal and otherwise, he can muster. Caught in a life and death struggle with the health care system, Joe finds the bedrock of his life, marriage and self-identity shifting under him.“I have spent a couple of years now with ‘Joe’,” says Milligan, “listening, arguing, contending about what it means to be an American.
Students with ID $12
10% Discount on Thursday Single Tickets
65 Minutes + Post-performance Discussion