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Mike Daisey Returns to Austin with The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Updated: Friday, August 31 2012, 08:55 AM CDT
By Rob Faubion,

Having performed his hit monologue, The Last Cargo Cult, last season, the master storyteller returns to McCullough Theatre to take on America’s most mysterious technology icon.

In 2010, Texas Performing Arts presented Mike Daisey performing his hit monologue The Last Cargo Cult.  Hailed as “the master storyteller” by the New York Times, Daisey returns to the McCullough Theatre stage with his controversial new show, The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, running September 15th through 17th as part of the Texas Performing Arts' 2012-13 Season.

Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in a hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design.  Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, the one-man production illuminates the former CEO of Apple and how his obsessions shape our lives, while following the trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods.  Daisey’s journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them.

For the past two year, Daisey's revolutionary monologue has played extended runs around the world to sold-out crowds and rave reviews.  By examining the human price we pay for our high-tech toys, Daisey opened a Pandora’s box in the world of technology and production, demanding social responsibility in the corporate sector, inspiring his audiences to action, and influencing drastic change in the corporate practices of both Apple and Foxconn which is Apple’s supplier in China.

In January, the show was featured on “This American Life” and quickly became the most downloaded episode in the radio show’s history. Two months later, “This American Life” issued a public retraction for dramatizations in the monologue - leading to a national conversation about art and journalism, about truth-in-fact and essential truths, and about the role of truth in theater and storytelling.  The all-new version of The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs cuts the contested material and addresses the controversy head on, using the struggle between fact and fiction as an opportunity to tell an even better story.
Performances will run Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.  A post-performance talkback with Mike Daisey will be offered in the hall immediately following the evening performance on Friday, September 14th. 
Tickets for all three performances are $42, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.  Discounted tickets are also available for UT faculty and staff, seniors and military.
McCullough Theatre is located at 2375 Robert Dedman Drive on the University of Texas campus.  Tickets are now on sale now at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office and all Texas Box Office outlets including most H-E-B stores by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO and online at

(Photo by Kevin Berne)Mike Daisey Returns to Austin with The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

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