Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs Update

Updated Press Release

Today's date: January 4, 2012

Veronica Corpuz

Diana Roth

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in association with The Andy Warhol Museum performance series: Off the Wall

presents Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey

Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in association with The Andy Warhol Museum 2012 performance series, Off the Wall, presents Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at the Byham Theater on January 21, 2012, at 8 p.m. This presentation is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Created and performed by Mike Daisey and directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs dives into the epic story of real life Willy Wonka Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple as Mike Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America’s most mysterious technology icon. With a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design, Daisey illuminates the war—from China to Silicon Valley—over how we see our world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech toys. Daisey recounts his own journey to China to investigate the factories where millions are employed in massive factories making iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s journey shines a brilliant light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. “I will never be the same after seeing that show,” commented Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, to the New York Times.

Daisey’s performance in Pittsburgh is one of only a few select cities outside of New York City to present The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. The monologue has been seen by more than 75,000 people all over the world, and recently had a record-smashing run at the Public Theater, where the show will return for a second engagement beginning at the end of January. Daisey performances in Pennsylvania will be the only chance to see this groundbreaking monologue outside of New York City.

What the press has been saying about The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:

“Mike Daisey dreams of a kind of theater that takes risks and speaks the truth to power.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

“The best new American play of the year so far.” Peter Marks, WASHINGTON POST

“Anyone who sees Mr. Daisey's show - and anyone with a cellphone and a moral center should - will find it hard to forget. A mind-clouding, eye-opening exploration of the moral choices we unknowingly or unthinkingly make.” Charles Isherwood, NEW YORK TIMES

“A personal, poignant and passionate piece that stays with you. Mesmerizing.” Mark Kennedy, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mike 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 heartbreaking 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 in 2012. He has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, 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 this fall.

Tickets are $18-35 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call group sales at (412) 471-6930.

The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, features extensive permanent collections of art and archives of one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. The museum, a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular culture, is also an active cultural center with a performing arts program that enables the Museum to both explore a wide range of work related to its mission and serve a diverse audience. The Museum’s Off the Wall presentations are a multi-disciplinary performance series devoted to challenging conventional perceptions of art and providing audiences with a diverse offering of unique and thought-provoking live performance experiences.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Children’s Festival, the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series Pittsburgh Dance Council, CD Live, JazzLive, First Night Pittsburgh, Gallery Crawl, and Three Rivers Arts Festival, among other Cultural District and arts events.

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1 comment:

Jaye Anne said...

I saw "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" at the Byham Theater tonight (Pittsburgh). It was the biggest waste of $81 ever. It's impossible to enjoy theater when it's inaudible. I have one word for Mike Daisey... microphone.