Mike Daisey Will Release Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs Script Online

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Monologist Mike Daisey has revealed plans to make the text of his latest work, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, available online for individuals to perform, according to the New York Times.

The Agony and the Ecstasy, which takes a hard look at working conditions within Chinese technology factories, received a timely New York debut last fall when it began performances a week after the Apple co-founder died at the age of 56 on Oct. 5, 2011.

Daisey received solid reviews for the show, which was extended and returned for a five-week encore engagement at the Public Theater Jan. 31-March 4.

Daisey said he will make the script of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs available as a PDF download via MikeDaisey.blogspot.com, where individuals will be able to to download and perform the work without paying royalites, beginning Feb. 13.

He said the goal was to connect with theatre artists and companies who have inquired about producing the piece. Daisey also indicated that he was open to adaptions of the monologue.

"I have not managed to get this show to Broadway, but if someone else wants to try, more power to them," Daisey told the Times. As previously reported, the U.K.'s sixth annual HighTide Festival, to be held in Halesworth in Suffolk from May 3-13, will feature The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, performed by the author himself.

Here's how the Public describes the work: "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 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."

Daisey's monologues include How Theater Failed America, The Last Cargo Cult, If You See Something, Say Something, Invincible Summer, Monopoly!, Great Men of Genius, The Ugly American, I Miss the Cold War, Wasting Your Breath and Stories From the Atlantic Night Cafe. His films include "Layover" and "If You See Something Say Something." Daisey recently presented his 24-hour monologue All the Hours in the Day at the TBA Festival in Portland, OR.

For tickets to the Public Theater engagement, phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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