Mercy Killers

Working Theater and the Harold Clurman Lab Theater present
a one-man show written and performed by Michael Milligan
directed by Tom Oppenheim
January 7 – February 16, 2014
Tickets: $25 each, general admission

Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, made in the USA and proud, but when his wife gets sick and loses her insurance, his patriotic feelings 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.


Tuesday, January 7 to Sunday, February 2
at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting
31 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Wednesday, February 5 to Sunday, February 9
at the UFT Bronx Borough Office
2500 Halsey Street, Bronx, NY 10461

Tuesday, February 11 to Sunday, February 16
at the IBEW Local 3 Headquarters
158-11 Jewel Avenue (at Parsons Boulevard), Flushing, NY 11365


General Admission: $25
Students / Seniors / Union Members: $23
Student Rush: $15 available day-of at the box office
Stella Adler Studio of Acting Students with ID at door: $10

Group rates available up to 30% off!
For info, please call 212.244.3300


WINNER of a Scotsman Fringe First Award 2013

“There’s a marvellous and mysterious kind of alchemy at work in author and actor Michael Milligan’s mesmerising, harrowing indictment of US healthcare. Theatre distilled to its most basic essentials. Skilfully and meticulously controlled. Milligan gives a superbly nuanced portrayal.” *****The Scotsman HOT SHOW!

“A beautifully moving and thought-provoking piece. Milligan’s performance is incredibly powerful and passionate.” *****ThreeWeeks

“A wonderfully executed piece of political theatre that you don’t want to miss.” ****BroadwayBaby

“A searing indictment of the US healthcare system but also a surprisingly tender love story. Stands out as some of the best theatre at the Fringe.” ****TVBomb

About the writer/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 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. He also received 4 Stars for his performance of Lanford Wilson’s one man show ‘Poster of the Cosmos’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A performance which also earned him Best Actor nods in his hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Milligan’s other produced plays include ‘Heroine,’ ‘Urgent: Aliens,’ and a musical adaptation of Aesop’s Fables for Circle in the Square with composer/rocker, Joziah Longo, of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. A reading of Milligan’s verse play, ‘Phaeton’ was presented by the Harold Clurman Theater Lab featuring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce, and Joanna Lumley. The play was later presented by conservatory students at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and as a part of the NYU graduate acting program’s ‘Studio Tisch’ featuring Elizabeth Zins and Dakin Mathews. His adaptation of Jack London’s ‘The Sea Wolf’ has undergone several workshops and readings featuring Jay O. Sanders as the enigmatic Wolf Larsen. Milligan got his start writing stories for his mother who is a professional storyteller in Central Ohio. 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. 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. Inspiration for Milligan’s one man play, Mercy Killers, arose from his experience and eventual arrest protesting as a part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.