Daisey tried out the new piece at P.S. 122 last spring, offering 13 shows on 13 successive weeks. It's a cliche in the theatre that no audience attending a single attraction sees the exact same show, but in Daisey's case this is more than true. Each performance will vary widely from any other, being derived basically on the spot by Daisey from different aspects and chapters of his life.
Shows will be presented only on Mondays through May 9.
According to press materials, "45 minutes before show time, Mike goes into his dressing room with a legal pad and a Sharpie and creates an outline. At 7:30 PM sharp, Mike emerges and tells his tale for the assembled audience for the first and only time. Over two months these monologues will address the essential question of happiness: what role does it play—or should it play—in our lives?
Each show is separately titled and promised the vague parameters of a story. They are:
March 14: "Where Water Meets With Water": Being that every river, in time, pours down to the sea.
March 21: "On Lacking Conviction": Not every child thrown to the wolves becomes a hero.
March 28: "Games People Play": Diplomacy: the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock.
April 4: "Tension Is the Great Integrity": The lost science of each piece held precisely in place.
April 11: "Serenity Through Viciousness": A useful guide for rank amateurs and seasoned professionals.
April 18: "Just as the Light Fails": In twilight, in the dark, on each and every doorstep.
April 25: "Yes, There Will Be Dancing": Simple questions on the afterlife, answered plainly.
May 9: To be announced: An entertainment whose nature can not yet be divulged. P.S. 122 is offering single tickets for $10, or a $50 pass that allows admission to the entire series.
Daisey workshopped a different work, called The Ugly American, at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in Falmouth, MA, in summer 2004. The piece tracked Daisey's experiences studying theatre in London.