Mike Daisey, hailed as “the master storyteller” by the New York Times, turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and 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.
Since 2010 this 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, 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, TAL 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.
Today THEAGONYANDTHEECSTASY OF STEVEJOBS is stronger, sharper, and more important than ever. This all-new version cuts the contested material and addresses the controversy head on, using the struggle over fact and fiction as an opportunity to tell an even better story that pierces the heart of our human relationship with our labor.