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JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre presents master storyteller Mike Daisy for one night only on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the JDHS Auditorium.
Mike Daisey has been called "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by the New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues. Akin to NPR personality Ira Glass, Mike weaves together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections. Audiences planning to see Ira Glass in Juneau this spring shouldn't miss Daisey's special presentation of his newest work.
Mike's monologues, fourteen and counting, include the controversial "How Theater Failed America." His first film, "Layover," was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, and a feature film of his monologue "If You See Something Say Something" will be released this year. He's been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, a contributor to "Wired," Slate, and Salon, a web contributor to Vanity Fair and Radar Magazine, and his work has been frequently heard on the BBC and NPR.
"The Last Cargo Cult" is Daisey's true-life story about a South Pacific island whose inhabitants worship America at the base of a constantly erupting volcano. Their religion is explored alongside our own to form a sharp and searing examination of the international financial crisis. Mike wrestles with the largest questions of what the collapse means, and what it says about our deepest values. Part adventure story and part memoir, he uses each culture to illuminate the other to find, between the seemingly primitive and the achingly modern, a human answer. This work in progress will open in New York later this year.
For tickets, pricing, or more information, call 463-TIXS or visit www.perseverancetheatre.org.