Agony and Ecstasy

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Performances of ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ at HighTide Festival 2012 in Halesworth, Suffolk will go ahead as planned on May 5th and 6th, 2012

Mike Daisey, who performs his own monologue, has chosen of his own accord to remove any content that he cannot verify. The monologue itself will make direct reference to the recent controversies.

HighTide’s Artistic Director Steven Atkinson, who invited the production to the UK after seeing in at the Public Theater, comments:

“It’s important to emphasise that what is in question is some of Mike’s first-hand experience of what he saw in China, not the facts themselves that he reports on, which news outlets and Apple’s own investigations have proven to be true. This production has had an extraordinary penetration in raising awareness of working conditions in China. This impact has been achieved through Mike’s craft as an artist, both as a storyteller and performer. I believe that Mike did not intend to mislead the public, but to use his craft as a storyteller to generate awareness about an important socio/political concern. I believe it’s important to go ahead with the performances of ‘Agony/Ecstasy’ at the HighTide Festival so that our audiences can see first-hand Mike’s passion about this subject, and to experience his extraordinary skill as a performer.”

“When the story broke on Friday, ‘Mike Daisey’ started trending world-wide on twitter. There was an outpouring of disappointment from people who felt that they had been lied to. Mike’s own response on his website is 'What I do is not journalism. The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism.' Theatre and art have now been pulled into the larger ongoing debate about truth and ethics in our media. In order to debate and respond to these concerns, our HighMind Talk at HighTide Festival on May 5th will be dedicated to this subject, and we will invite preeminent speakers to express their thoughts on this subject. Tickets to this event will be free.”