A couple of weeks ago, I read in our local paper that a singer/song writer named Lea was performing at The New Earth Granary here in Berkeley Springs. Based on the article, I thought she would be a good candidate for our ArtVoiceWV series. I was familiar with the Granary but hadn’t been there. So I contacted Lea and she was open to the idea of being the next artist to be featured. Lea has a beautiful voice and her songs are filled with imagery and passion. You can learn more about Lea at her website: http://www.thisisLEA.com.
Mercy Killers, an acclaimed play, will be performing at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs on March 28 at 7:00pm. If you are in the area, make plans to attend. There is a Q&A with the cast following the performance. Here is a synopses:
Mercy Killers, a one-man play created and performed by broadway actor Michael Milligan, presents the heart-breaking dilemma of a young couple faced with a life-threatening illness.
The play opens just after Joe has been hauled into the police station. He is being questioned about the death of his wife. In emotional statements to the officer, he reveals their deep love, their affection for the wild places of West Virginia, the anguish of her illness, and their inability to afford threatment. We empathize as we see how Joe’s beliefs in self-reliance and the American dream are shaken.
“Over 60% of bankruptcies in the U.S. are the result of medical debt. In a majority of these, the patient actually had insurance.” says Milligan. ”I wrote Mercy Killers to put a human face on statistics. How many people will continue to be statistics and face the same heartache experienced by Joe?”
Find out more about the play at http://mercykillerswv.wordpress.com.