the medicine showdown
a play in two acts
inspired by henrik ibsen's enemy of the people
co-authored with adam koplan
with additional songs by john wright
1 f/4 m
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 are scenes from a period medicine show, complete with tap dance, old time melodrama, country music, and vaudevillian comedy.