ZYGO is a joint program of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. The 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.
, 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, 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