Forget Steve Jobs already. If you couldn't care less about the controversy that erupted around Mike Daisey and The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, the other monologue he'll be performing during this year's festival, but you really enjoy good theatrical performances, this might be the show for you. Daisey is a fantastic teller of tales, and this one chronicles his trip to India where he performed in five cities and experienced the wonders of that exotic land.
But it's hard to forget Steve Jobs. What lesson did Daisey learn from his high-profile fall from grace at the hands of This American Life host Ira Glass? After being publicly flogged for exaggerating details in his monologue (which aired on Glass' journalistic program), Daisey says he sees theater as telling a larger truth, even if the details that add up to that larger truth are dramatized for the purpose of the narrative. And his trip to India illuminated for him the enduring power of theater in our modern world.
The truth of the matter. Art can lead us to enlightenment. It can also change the world. And that's the facts, Jack.