Daisey's an old Spoleto veteran. This marks Mike Daisey's third appearance at the Big Festival. In previous years he's been hailed for his unique style of interweaving seemingly unrelated narratives into an affecting, riveting stage experience using nothing but a desk, a few notes, a glass of water, and his own extra-large sized, extra-theatrical presence.
The monologue heard 'round the world. It's no exaggeration to say that Mike Daisey's two-hour monologue, which he premiered in 2010, may be the single most talked-about piece of solo theater in modern history. Though far fewer have seen it than have discussed it — this is live theater, after all — its impact has been felt in almost every corner of the globe, from New York to Silicon Valley to national radio and television coverage, the echo chamber of the blogosphere, and the modern-day sweatshops of China. And his show has achieved all of this without any nudity whatsoever.
You'll never look at an Apple product in the same way. Love 'em or hate 'em, Apple devices have changed the world, overturning entire industries, redefining connectivity, and doing for industrial manufacturing and design what Henry Ford did for mass assembly and automobiles. With this monologue, Daisey moved all of it by an inch, poking a hole in the monomyth that is Apple. (As a special bonus, see Martha Teichner interview Daisey as part of the Conversations With program on Thurs. May 31 after his opening performance.)