As previously reported, following a broadcast excerpt of Daisey's work on public radio's "This American Life," NPR "Marketplace" China correspondent Rob Schmitz reached out to Daisey's Chinese translator to substantiate Daisey's personal stories of his encounters with laborers. In followup "This American Life" show titled "Retraction" (March 18), the translator disputed portions of the information Daisey presented, including claims that he visited a factory in Suzhou and his gripping account of a factory laborer who sees a working iPad for the first time.
In a response dated March 16, Daisey stated on his website, "What I do is not journalism. The tools of the theatre are not the same as the tools of journalism."
The panel, set to begin at 8 PM, will discuss the tools of theatre versus the tools of journalism as well as "questions of veracity, ethics and artistic license in nonfiction-based theatre." According to Time Out, "Many of these have been addressed rigorously from the perspective of news, but not from the perspective of theatre." Seating is free but limited. The Public agreed to provide space for the event although it is not a Public Theater production.
Panel participants include writer-director Steven Cosson (This Beautiful City), playwright-performers Jessica Blank (The Exonerated) and Taylor Mac (The Young Ladies of…), and critic-reporters Peter Marks (Washington Post) and Jason Zinoman (The New York Times).
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 967-7555.