Broadway actor presents one-man play at The Grand

NEW ULM – A Broadway actor who has performed across the country will present a one-man play at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 16 at The Grand Center for Arts & Culture, 210 N Minnesota.

Michael Milligan will present “Mercy Killers,” a production about a man who provides for his family until his wife is diagnosed with cancer and dropped from the family health insurance policy.

Milligan’s story is based on his own experiences of life without health insurance and the experiences of his friends.

He talks about medical debt as the major cause of bankruptcies, including insured people who are dropped by insurance companies or didn’t have coverage in the first place.

Milligan blames health insurance company policies as a bigger issue than the uninsured.

He tells the story of a woman who worked for a health insurance firm that told her to reject applicants from the poorest parts of New York City because they wouldn’t be able to appeal rejected claims.

Milligan called health care a looming problem that forces too many people to become their own doctors – if they can find a computer to help them deal with their ailments – which he did himself when he had kidney stones.

Laurel Gamm, M.D., of New Ulm Medical Center, said she’s looking forward to Milligan’s show.

“I’ve heard him. He’s good,” she said.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Milligan has has been writing and acting for the theater for nearly 20 years. He has appeared on and off Broadway and with the Royal Skakespeare Company, the Cincinnati Playhouse, the St. Louis Rep and many national and international theatare groups in a wide variety of roles.

The production at The Grand is sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP-MN, a non-profit, research and educational association of more than 18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer, national health insurance; the American Medical Student Association, and Health Care for All Minnesota (HCAMn), a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing single-payer health insurance for all by advocacy, education, lobbying and community organizing.

The performance will be followed by a question and answer panel discussion with the audience. The panel will include Milligan and District 26A Democratic State Representative Tina Liebling of Rochester.

A video trailer can be viewed at

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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