The Healthcare Plays

Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy and Michael Milligan's Mercy Strain, both in their Chicago premieres, will provide critical exploration of topical healthcare issues during the run-up to the 2014 elections.

Thurs, Fri, Sat Nights - 8pm
Sat and Sun Matinees - 2pm

Let Me Down Easy

Written by Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Bonnie Metzgar
Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally
September 13 – October 10



Mercy Strain

Written and Performed by Michael Milligan
Directed by Tom Oppenheim
September 14 – October 18


Michael Milligan 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 Off Broadway. Milligan received his training from Juilliard where he won the John Houseman Prize for excellence in classical drama. He has performed the bard’s works with the the Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare and Company, Cincinatti Playhouse, Shakespeare Sedona and Santa Cruz, 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 Theatre in Washington D.C.

The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company grew out of a feeling that the time had come for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to produce, or reproduce, its spirit, voice and theatrical sensibilities on a professional level. The mission of the Lab Theater is to produce theater committed to the standards and ideals set out by Stella Adler, Harold Clurman and the Group Theater.

About the Illinois Single Payer Coalition
The mission of the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition is: To promote the good health and welfare of all residents of Illinois and the nation by establishing a single-payer health care financing system: comprehensive, equitable, not-for-profit, publicly financed, and publicly administered; To support the implementation of such a system; To promote strong civic/governmental oversight of the operation of the system.


Mercy Killers reviews from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe:

Five Stars, “There’s a marvelous and mysterious kind of alchemy at work in author and actor Michael Milligan’s mesmerizing, harrowing indictment of US healthcare. Theatre distilled to its most basic essentials.” The Scotsman

Five Stars , “Beautifully moving and thought provoking…” Three Weeks.

“Thoroughly moving. One man theatre at its very best.” Broadway Baby.

“Shattering.” The Stage.