The Last Cargo Cult, according to Daisey, is "a monologue about the religions of two islands I have visited: the remote island of Tanna, where America is worshipped in massive celebrations beneath an erupting volcano, where magic is very real, where a war over what money can buy is spreading from village to village...and the island of Manhattan, whose financial engines are the religion of our age, a monetary system so complex and abstract that it scarcely can be said to exist in our reality, hovering and surrounding us like spirits we all must believe in with absolute, unshakable faith or our world will fail."
"This is the most ambitious monologue I've ever created," Daisey said in a mass e-mail, "and it's shocking to reflect on how much has been poured into it: it has been a revelatory journey, and I am so glad to be talking at this particular moment about what money means to us, what it says about us, and how it defines who and what we are."
Tour dates follow:
Aug. 1 at 8 PM at the Wieden+Kennedy Atrium in Portland, OR
Aug. 7-22 at 8 PM at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, WA
Sept. 4-13 at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 16-20 at the Playmakers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC
Sept. 24-25 at the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, AK
Sept. 29-30 at the The Whitehorse Centre in Whitehorse, YT Canada
Oct. 2-3 at The Banff Centre in Banff, AB, Canada
Oct. 9-11 at The Gamm Theatre in Providence, RI
Dec. 3-13 at the Public Theater in New York, NY
Jan. 11-Feb. 7, 2010 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC
March 4-8 at the WaterTower Theatre in Dallas, TX
March 19-April 11 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA
April 26-May 9 at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, IL
For more information visit mikedaisey.com.