Shows & Events
April 6 thru
April 14, 2012
A Regional Premiere
by Mike Daisey
A staged reading by Christopher Willard
An old American proverb states: "If you want to enjoy a good steak, don't visit the slaughterhouse."
In the solo piece "The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," author Mike Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America's most mysterious technological
icon. He paints a nostalgic and humorous tale of the development of Apple Computer and the successful rise of its founder, Steve Jobs, while also ending up
telling another side of the success you may not want to hear.
This is a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. In the piece, Daisey illuminates the war - from
China to Silicon Valley - over how we see our world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech toys. He recounts his visit to Foxconn, the Chinese factory
where most Apple products are made, and where human rights violations are not only prevalent but run rampant.
On January 6, 2012, an extensive excerpt from "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" was aired on Chicago Public Radio's
This American Life.
It quickly became the show's most downloaded episode ever. The following week, Apple announced that they would be making changes to their production
policies, which many attributed to pressure generated by this monologue, and to a workers' strike at Foxconn that occurred in the same week as the radio
airing. But sadly, the violations of policy continue to occur, as Daisey charts in his daily blog,
On February 21, 2012, Mike Daisey released a transcript of "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" based on his extemporaneous performances of the piece
and granted it public use rights. In the first 24 hours, over 27,000 people downloaded the transcript from his website - more copies than the print runs of
any new American play in the last five years.
The show is presented as a fundraiser for the Backstage Theatre.
This performance contains strong language and is recommended for adults only. Presented without intermission.
Praise for Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:
"I will never be the same after seeing that show." ~
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, to The New York Times
"Ferociously entertaining." ~
Washington City Paper
"Five-stars. Any user of modern technology should make it a point to see The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs." ~
"If you crave first-rate theatre...you ought to see The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs." ~
Brightest Young Things
"Daisey brilliantly juxtaposes Jobs' and Apple's history with the high cost of our addiction to low cost electronics." ~
"When you walk out of the theater, you'll be illuminated by more than the glow of your LED screen." ~
Fact or Fiction? See For Yourself!
"The public radio show This American Life has retracted an entire storyline told by comedian and self-described Apple fanboy Mike Daisey
that aired in early January after Daisey's translator said he made up significant details of the tale. . ." ~ Yahoo! News
"I stand by my work. My show is a theatrical piece whose goal is to create a human connection between our gorgeous devices and the brutal circumstances from which they emerge. . . ~ Mike Daisey
"Mike Daisey gets standing ovation at sold-out show after 'This American Life' retraction"
"Mike Daisey, the monologist who admitted last week that part of his 'This American Life' story about Apple's use of Chinese sweatshops was
fabricated, received a standing ovation at the weekend finale of his one-man off-Broadway show in New York. . ." ~ Yahoo! News
Fri Apr 6 at 7:30pm
Sat Apr 7 at 7:30pm
Fri Apr 13 at 7:30pm
Sat Apr 14 at 7:30pm
Information Subject to Change
Performed at the Breckenridge Theatre
121 South Ridge Street,
Backstage Theatre Fundraiser
$10 - Adults
A $2 surcharge will be added to the cost of each ticket
when purchased at the Box Office or by phone.
This event includes strong language
and is intended for adults only.
Thanks, to Summit Daily News