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THE AMERICAN MERCY TOUR: MERCY KILLERS and SIDE EFFECTS
  • Presented By: Greenhouse Theater Center
  • Location: Greenhouse Theater Center
  • Address: 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
  • Phone: (773) 404-7336
  • Dates: September 7, 2017 - October 8, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Price: Pay-what-you-want
  • Greenhouse Theater Center and Poor Box Theateris pleased to present THE AMERICAN MERCY TOUR: MERCY KILLERS and SIDE EFFECTS, two one-act plays steeped in America’s controversial relationship with healthcare. Written and performed by Michael Milligan, these moving and unapologetic pieces will be presented as a single theatrical event, immersing the audience in the stories of patients and physicians, coming out of the waiting room and into the fray.

    In MERCY KILLERS, Joe, a blue collar red state auto mechanic, faced with his wife’s failing health must grapple with the stark divide between his values and his reality. Pushed to the breaking point by debt, disease and a busted system, Joe must decide what compromises he will make to keep his wife alive. MERCY KILLERS is all at once a tender love story and an unblinking look at those the system leaves behind.

    Flipping to the other side of the stethoscope, SIDE EFFECTS follows William, a family practice physician on the brink of burnout. Caught between his ambition to become the healer his father once exemplified and the corporatization of his chosen profession, William must reconcile the art and business of medicine, or be forced to lose his practice. In this Chicago premiere, we see the human side of those who heal us, throwing light onto the turmoil that remain out of sight from the examination table.

    Photos by Daylon Walton; Teresa Castracane

THE AMERICAN MERCY TOUR: MERCY KILLERS and SIDE EFFECTS
  • Location: Greenhouse Theater Center
  • Address: 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • September 7, 2017 - October 8, 2017
  • Greenhouse Theater Center
  • Pay-what-you-want
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday