Richard Grunn’s original play Good Medicine is about the proliferation of the “Medicine Show” in its various permutations from the 19th century through today. Why do we look for the fast fix? The miracle cure? What is the lure of these products and (in many cases) the men who sell them — products or pathways — promising the keys to a better life?
The play follows three characters: Reverend Beauford T. Jones, Dr. Chester C. Braman, and Kurt Candleman, Spiritual Advisor and Master Guru. Each exists in and is representative of a different period in history from which they attempt to sell us their philosophy and associated products for health. The satire exposes the similarities between the characters, showing how today we fall for the same snake-oil salesmen as our ancestors, with their charm and allure, pitching absurd balms and practices which claim to heal and cure.
Good Medicine is written and performed by Richard Grunn. It is directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby, with music by Joe Burby and Henry Burby.
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Richard Grunn is a former resident of the Upper Delaware Valley where he raised his family and ran the Braman Arts Center on Main Street in Callicoon. Currently based in The Bronx, Richard continues to work as an actor, artist, and puppeteer, creating and touring his original works. Touring the US, UK, and Ireland, he has played the West Cork Literary Festival, Schull Arts Festival, Arundel Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe. His theatrical works include Urbano’s Circus, Father Joiner’s Purgative Poetry Project, and Good Medicine, recently performed at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC.