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Steve Jobs’ legacy examined in performance

January 4, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - Mike Daisey's "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" will be performed at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. Jan. 21.

Created and performed by Daisey and directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" dives into the epic story of Jobs and Apple Corp. Daisey examines how Jobs' obsessions profoundly shaped modern life and recounts Jobs' journey to China to investigate the factories where millions are employed making iPhones and iPods.

This local performance, which is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in association with the Andy Warhol Museum's 2012 performance series, Off the Wall, is one of only a few select stops on his tour.

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NEW?PERFORMANCE – “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” to be presented at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. Jan. 21., dives into the epic story of Steve Jobs and Apple Corp. Writer Mike Daisey examines how Jobs’ obsessions profoundly shaped our lives and recounts Jobs’ journey to China to investigate the factories where millions are employed making iPhones and iPods.

Daisey has been called "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by the New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heart-breaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections.

His monologues include last season's critically acclaimed "The Last Cargo Cult," the controversial "How Theater Failed America," the six-hour epic "Great Men of Genius," the unrepeatable series "All Stories Are Fiction" and the international sensation "21 Dog Years."

He has performed in venues on five continents, ranging from off-Broadway at the public theater to remote islands in the South Pacific, from the Sydney Opera House to abandoned theaters in post-Communist Tajikistan. He's been a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman" as well as a commentator and contributor to the New York Times, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, NPR and the BBC. His first film, "Layover," was shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and a feature film of his monologue "If You See Something, Say Something" will open this year.

His second book, a collected anthology of his monologues, will be published later this year.

Daisy has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award and two Drama League Awards, and is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, five Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the Sloan Foundation's Galileo Prize and a MacDowell Fellowship.

His latest monologue is "All the Hours in the Day," a groundbreaking, 24-hour performance using fact and fiction to tell the story of America as a weaving together of puritanism and anarchism, which premiered at the Time Based Art Festival in Portland, Ore., this fall.

Tickets range from $18 to $35 and may be purchased at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at www.trustarts.org; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

 
 

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