By Adam Koplan and Topher Payne
with additional songs by John Wright

Set in small-town Georgia during the 1918 global influenza pandemic, public health is placed at odds with the town’s economic interests as a concerned doctor urges the mayor to shut down all public gatherings – including the popular and lucrative local medicine show. Interwoven with the realistic play (inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s classic Enemy of the People) are scenes from a period medicine show, complete with tap dance, old time melodrama, country music, and vaudevillian comedy.

In October 2013, The Medicine Showdown enjoyed a fully produced run at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre. Accompanying the production was a series of panel discussions with public health professionals along with the cast and creative team. The productions were well-received, especially among New York City’s medical and public health community, and was reviewed by the 2×2 Project, a project sponsored by Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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