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Thursday, September 13, 2012, 8:00 pm
Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre

University of Texas campus activities will resume at 5 pm and the Friday and Saturday Mike Daisey performances will go on as previously scheduled. There are no refunds available, however, Friday evening tickets may be exchanged for the Saturday performance.

Part of the 2012-2013 Texas Performing Arts Season

Created & Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

Presented in partnership with Fusebox Festival and the Department of Theatre and Dance

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 THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS 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.

If you think you’ve seen it before, you don’t know this story. If you think you heard it on the radio, you haven’t heard anything.

And if you’ve never seen it, now is the moment to experience what many are calling the most notorious and controversial play of the decade.

“Daisey may not be perfect, but he is brave.” – Times of London

“The only showman in America who matters.” – Metromix

“The best new American play of the year.” – Washington Post


Post-Performance talkback
• Friday 09/14/12
• Immediately following the performance
• McCullough Theatre


Mike Daisey, Unreliable Narrator – Washington City Paper
Theater Talkback: ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,’ Take 2 – The New York Times
Mike Daisey on the truth and facts of ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ – The Washington Post
For Mike Daisey, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ Goes On – The Wall Street Journal
Chinese Plant Faces New Labor Issue on iPhones – The New York Times

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