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Monologist Daisey to perform at JDHS auditorium

Performer will also lead a workshop

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009

Perseverance Theatre will bring master storyteller Mike Daisey to town for one performance this Saturday, Sept. 26.

Courtesy Of Mike Daisey
Courtesy Of Mike Daisey

Daisey, who brings together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and extemporaneous performance in his dramatic personal narrative, will perform "The Last Cargo Cult" for Juneau audiences at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Daisey, who has appeared on "The Lateshow with David Letterman" and been reviewed in many publications including the New York Times and The Washington Post, is an author as well as a performer. His book, "21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com," describes his three years as an Amazon.com employee, and was adapted from one of his solo shows. All of his monologues are based on his personal history, and, like those of famous monologist Spalding Gray, are interspersed with explorations of American history and modern culture.

"The Last Cargo Cult," the show Daisey will perform in Juneau, is based on the true story of Daisey's experiences on a remote South Pacific island where the inhabitants worship America at the base of a constantly erupting volcano. In a monologue that is part adventure story and part memoir, Daisey's works in a sharp examination of our current financial crisis.

The New York TImes described Daisey as "one of the finest solo performers of his generation." The Seattle Times described him as "a brainy, manic hoot, a cross between Noam Chomsky and Jack Black."

Tickets are $15 and are available at www.perseverancetheatre.org or by calling 463-TIXS.

Daisey will also lead a workshop on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the Perseverance rehearsal space located at 1845 Anka Street in Lemon Creek (near Costco). The workshop is geared toward actors, writers, performers, theatergoers and anyone else whose ever been inclined to tell a story. The cost of the workshop is $15, but scholarships are available. Call Shona, 364-2421, extension 232, for more information.

For more information on Daisey, visit mikedaisey.com.



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