Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Castleton Arts presents world premiere of “Side Effects”

Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.—CASTLETON—Castleton University presents the world premiere of Michael Milligan’s latest one-man play, “Side Effects,” onTuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Casella Theater.
As his physician father slips towards senility, Dr. William MacQueen strives to live up to the standards he has inherited. The frustration of forms, complicated coding and red tape begin to erode his practice and threaten his family life. MacQueen must choose between the roles of doctor, husband, father, and son.
Based on extensive interviews, Milligan’s solo play examines the challenges confronting primary care doctors in America. “Medicine is a trust earned by listening, but I can’t hear anymore,” states the broken physician in Milligan’s play. Milligan examines the art of medicine, of a physician’s desire to heal patients, versus the war of attrition they face against a mindless machine comprised of malpractice suits, ethical questions, and a broken health care system. He posits how many people fall through the cracks because of these distractions from practicing true medicine. Milligan’s work strives to put a human face on what he perceives to be a national tragedy.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and alumni, and $12 for students and children, and can be purchased online at; at the Castleton University box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; or prior to performances. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is general admission. For more info., call 802-468-1119.

Photo courtesy of Castleton University
Michael Milligan’s one-man play “Side Effects” showcases Dr. William MacQueen in a struggle between the roles of doctor, husband, father, and son.

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