Alex Lyras performs "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs"
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM (PST)
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The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, by Mike Daisey, examines the controversy of globalization through the lens of the rise and fall and rise of Apple, and the price we pay for our technology. The New York Times called the work, "Powerful, funny and engaging... Anyone with a cell phone and a moral center should see this show.”
In January 2012, portions of the monologue were aired on This American Life. The episode, titled "Daisey and the Apple Factory," became the most downloaded episode in the show's history. Two months later, Ira Glass officially retracted the episode, having discovered that some of the claims made by Daisey had been dramatized. Daisey admitted to lying.
After the firestorm, Daisey reformed his work and has continued to perform it, removing the contested details and standing by his assertions that the conditions in Apple's supply chain violate China's own labor laws and remain unethical.
Daisey made the script public with this caveat: "The transcript is a theatrical blueprint which can amended or changed as you see fit." Now, Alex Lyras puts his own spin on the work in his first return to the L.A. stage since the award-winning The Common Air debuted in 2008.