Theater provocateur and extemporaneous monologist extraordinaire, Mike Daisey.
Next week, Playmakers Rep presents The Last Cargo Cult, the newest monologue by solo performer/master storyteller Mike Daisey. Shows are in the PRC2 second stage space, at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday September 16-20, plus a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
More information about The Last Cargo Cult.
Daisey, known for works like How Theater Failed America, 21 Dog Years, and If You See Something Say Something, is an incendiary critic of the current state of American theater and theater institutions, which he sees as hopelessly dysfunctional and broken. (And yes, that makes his appearance at a major theater institution like PRC particularly juicy — kind of like inviting Michael Moore to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.)
Trust me on this — get your tickets now, and thank me later.
But don’t wait — seats are already almost gone for Wednesday. If there’s any justice — or irony — Playmakers will sell out every show.
For a good intro to Daisey’s thoughts on theater, listen to his recent blistering speech to theater artists and presenters at Vancouver’s Push Festival.
And here’s Daisey’s recent one-night gig in New York where he manages in the course of an hour long riff to find a common thread in such apparently diverse subjects as Maureen Dowd, the movie Young Guns, douchebag boyfriends, and the strange history of Facebook.