Mike Daisey: American Utopias
Mike Daisey brings an explosion of new work to the Public Theater through March 2013—a brand-new, groundbreaking monologue every month at Joe’s Pub, exploring the stories that define our age through Daisey's blend of hilarious comedy, brilliant observation, and pitch-perfect timing. This is a rare opportunity to see Daisey do what he does best: a master storyteller at the peak of his form, weaving new stories about the things that actually matter.
This October, Mike Daisey launches these performances with his new monologue AMERICAN UTOPIAS. In it, Mike Daisey brings us a distinctly American vision of utopia—how we create public spaces in which we come together to act out our dreams of a better world. Daisey takes us everywhere to pursue the story: from Disney World and its nostalgic theme park perfection, to the drug-fueled anarchic excesses of Burning Man, to Zuccotti Park, where in the unlikeliest place the Occupy movement is born. Gunplay, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents, and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our American dream.
"A monologuist who always threatens to burst out of his chosen form—funny, literate and provocative." -CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“The master storyteller—one of the finest solo performers of his generation.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Sharp-witted, passionately delivered talk about matters both small and huge, at once utterly individual and achingly universal." -BOSTON GLOBE
"The only showman in America who matters." -METROMIX