Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
NPR's "This American Life," a popular radio show which recently devoted an hour to Mike Daisey performing his hit monologue THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, retracted the show today amid accusations that sections of Daisey's account of his trip to Apple's factories in China were fabricated. The retraction has caused a firestorm in the theatrical community, provoking a planned Chicago performance of the piece in April to be cancelled.
AUI will proceed with its planned two-weekend run of THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, but the performances will include newly created material commenting on the ongoing controversy, written by the show's performer, Cody Daigle.
NPR has discovered that sections of Daisey's story about his trips to China and the factories were fabricated or re-purposed from other stories. And the show's penultimate story of factory horrors has been discounted by Daisey's Chinese translator.
"Part of what makes AGONY/ECSTASY such an incredible show is its passionate defense of revealing the truth," said Daigle. "With our performances starting at the moment this story is breaking, we thought it was only appropriate to include this bit of truth-telling in with Daisey's amazing piece."
AGONY/ECSTASY was released to the public in February by Daisey, and theatre companies are encouraged to create freely and adapt the show any way they deem appropriate.
"I don't think this discounts the very powerful core of Daisey's work," Daigle said. "But it does create an interesting counterpoint."
"We were proud to offer this piece to local audiences because of its relevance and its power," Marie Diaz, president of AUI, said. "So being able to tell this new story makes our production even more exciting. This is breaking news on the stage of Theatre 810. We couldn't be more eager to share this with Acadiana."
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS will run at Theatre 810 for four performances only, March 17 & 24 at 2 p.m. and March 18 & 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call 484-0172.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
AUI is proud to present a very special four-performance-only run of Mike Daisey’s THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, the monster hit play about the impact of Jobs and Apple – as well as Apple’s overseas factories – on the lives we live today. The play is currently enjoying a successful Off-Broadway run at the Public Theatre.
Here’s how the Public Theatre describes AGONY/ECSTASY: “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 former 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.”
Produced by special permission of Daisey, who’s released the play to theatre companies across the country, AGONY/ECSTASY is part of an experiment in theatrical commons (akin to Louis C. K.’s recent online comedy film release) that makes a current theatre smash available to all. This production of AGONY/ECSTASY is just one small piece of a large national theatrical project, pushing the form into the new century.
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS is a must-see for anyone interested in the future of theatre and in the future of our technological world.
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS will play Theatre 810 for four performances only, and will play a special schedule. The show will play Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 17 and 24. The show will play Sunday evening performances at 7 p.m. on March 18 and March 25. Tickets are $10. For more information or to make reservations, call 484-0172.
Reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating.
Monday, March 5, 2012
The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is proud to present God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play. God of Carnage centers around two pairs of parents holding a cordial meeting to discuss a fight between their sons at a nearby park. They set out to resolve the childhood quarrel with civility and maturity, but resort to childish antics themselves as the evening soon turns to chaos. Starring Gabe Ortego and Elizabeth Satterly as Alan and Annette Raleigh, and Bobby Bender and Lindsay Fite Finley as Michael and Veronica Novak, God of Carnage is sure to provide you with a raucous good time as you watch good intentions turn to bad behavior in this clever comedy.
"The dynamics between these two couples are exciting," says director, Shana Ledet Qualls. "The script provides all four actors the opportunity to explore individual characters while interacting as a couple and with another couple. God of Carnage will be an evening of self-discovery, sympathy, empathy and highly charged entertainment."
"Acadiana Repertory Theatre is proud to present our second mainstage show at Theatre 810," says Managing Artistic Director, Steven Landry. "We are so pleased to be afforded the opportunity to present this smart, intimately funny show to the Acadiana community. AUI's space provides just the right setting for this type of theater."
Join Acadiana Repertory Theatre for God of Carnage, March 22, 23, 24, 29, 31 at7:30 pm and March 25 at 3:00 pm at AUI's Theatre 810, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501. To purchase tickets, call , or visit ART's website atwww.acadianarep.org.