March 30, 2015
ZYGO Series: ‘Mercy Killers’ by Michael Milligan
A One-Man Play and Discussion on Health Care in America
April 3, 2015 | 12:30 PM | DML 241 | Lunch Provided
Mercy Killers, a one-man theatrical performance featuring playwright and actor Michael Milligan and directed by Tom Oppenheim, is a provocative play that takes an honest and heartbreaking look at the increasing dysfunction of the American health care system. Following the performance, moderators will engage Milligan and the audience in a discussion on his play and health care in America. Milligan’s performance is brought to USC as part of the USC Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics Series, which engages core health issues in society today.
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.
ZYGO performance followed by a discussion co-moderated by:
Alexander Capron, University Professor, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Gould School of Law, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics
Sucharita Yellapragada, ZYGO Student Program Manager
“Mercy Killers is a raw, topical piece that shows the collision of ideas and reality in a system where health and well-being go up against profits. It is a show that is very much of the zeitgeist.” –Star Tribune
The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.
Cosponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics, the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
USC LEVAN INSTITUTE FOR HUMANITIES AND ETHICS
The USC Levan Institute engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity, promotes moral reflection and understanding of self, facilitates multidisciplinary dialogue, and encourages students to make a positive impact across society and the globe.
University of Southern California
Contact: Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson, Director