CEDAR FALLS — “Mercy Killers” is an unblinking look at health care in America. The one-man show comes to the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. March 24.
“Mercy Killers’ is the story of blue collar ‘Joe,’ who grapples with his red state ideals when he realizes the measures he must take to care for his beloved wife.
Tickets start at $19 and are available at www.gbpac.com.
Michael Milligan is the writer and actor for the production. Milligan has been writing and acting for the theater for almost two decades. He has appeared both on and off the Broadway stage and in regional theaters throughout the country. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
No stranger to the one-man show, Milligan performed Will Eno’s title role of Thom Pain in the original New York run. He also received four stars for his performance of Lanford Wilson’s one-man show, “Poster of the Cosmos at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival” — a performance that also earned him Best Actor nods in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Milligan’s other produced plays include “Heroine, Urgent: Aliens” and a musical adaptation of “Aesop’s Fables for Circle in the Square.”
Milligan got his start writing stories for his mother, who is a professional storyteller in central Ohio. At Juilliard 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, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, the Utah, Alabama, Illinois, Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, Milwaukee Shakes, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and New Jersey Shakespeare. Milligan is a sometime instructor of Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
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 Theatre in Washington D.C.