Monologist Mike Daisey, whose incendiary play The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs stirred up controversy earlier this year, will return to the Public Theater for a new monthly series of monologues. Beginning October 22, Daisey will present the monologues at Joe’s Pub, each for one-night-only, through March 2013.
Every month, Daisey will debut a new monologue from his series, the first of which is entitled American Utopias and explores “gunplay, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our American dream.” The monologue will discuss the country’s collective desire for a better world as its found everywhere from Disney World to Burning Man to Zuccotti Park.
After the initial October 22 start date, the remaining monologues will be performed November 19, December 10, January 15, February 11 and March 11. Titles will be announced at a later date. The one-night-only engagements will be directed by longtime Daisey collaborator Jean-Michele Gregory.
Daisey has created over 15 monologues including The Last Cargo Cult, How Theater Failed America, All the Hours in the Day, All Stories Are Fiction, Great Men of Genius and 21 Dog Years. During most recent mounting at the Public, the controversial The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Daisey was accused of fabricating material. The actor continued to perform a revised version of the piece around the country.