When you hear the name Steve Jobs, what do you think? Whether you're an Apple fan or not, chances are that "genius" comes to mind, followed by a whole series of complicated emotions -- especially now, given Jobs' recent resignation as Apple's CEO and the obvious precariousness of his health.
One man who's been thinking a lot about Jobs over the past couple of years is monologuist Mike Daisey. New York's legendary Public Theater (which birthed "Hair" and "A Chorus Line" and has been a steady Tony, Obie and Pulitzer magnet) has just started selling tickets for the Oct. 11-Nov. 13 run of the New York premiere of Daisey's one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," in which he grapples with his own conflicted feelings about the tech icon and his company. The Public's promo blurb:
Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America's most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design. He illuminates how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey's dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them.
Daisey has already staged sold-out runs of the show in Seattle, Berkeley and Washington, D.C. When "Agony" opened this spring at D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Washington Post's Peter Marks began his review:
Don't get Mike Daisey started on Steve Jobs. On second thought -- do! This brash maestro of the monologue takes the wizardly leader of Apple out to the digital woodshed in his latest solo show, a blisteringly funny, icily penetrating account of the extraordinary influence and not-so-benign impact the man and his company have had on the world.
Tickets are available here.
P.S. If you live in Australia, you can see the show before New Yorkers. Daisey will be performing "Agony" at the Sydney Opera House from Sept. 24-Oct. 2.
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.