Mike Daisey's All the Faces of the Moon Opens at the Public Theater Sept. 11

By Adam Hetrick
September 11, 2013

Monologist Mike Daisey (The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs) returns to the Public Theater with a 29-performance theatrical event, All the Faces of the Moon, which officially opens Sept. 11 after previews that began Sept. 5 at Joe's Pub.



All the Faces of the Moon is being offered for 29 consecutive performances through Oct. 3. Jean-Michele Gregory directs.

Each evening promises a unique monologue that features one of 29 oil paintings commissioned and created for this show by the Russian artist Larissa Tokmakova, illustrating and illuminating the story Daisey is telling.

Audiences can experience these performances live, and also follow online by listening to the free podcast as the story unfolds. Links to the audio from the previous night's performance will be available at publictheater.org at noon each day.

According to the Public, "Each evening stands alone as a single episode, but together they create a living theatrical novel set against the secret history of New York City—a city that is loved and loathed and larger than life. From Pentecostal church services held in IKEA showrooms to Nikola Tesla's laboratories in the Lower East Side, from the infamous Mole People's convocations deep beneath the subway lines to the hidden and terrifying plans of Robert Moses, Daisey weaves a story of ordinary magic in a most extraordinary city. Night after night he will strive like Scheherazade to tell the largest story ever attempted in the American theatre."

"I'm tremendously excited how with this project we're breaking the boundaries of what theatre is today. Not just in the epic scale of this piece, but in how people will be able to hear and connect with the work over the internet, and by the bringing visual art directly into the heart of the theatre," Daisey said in a statement. "The Public has been a wonderful home for our work in New York City for many years, and we're absolutely delighted to premiere this work here."

The titles of each remaining evening follow:

Sept. 11 - The Naked Emperor Is Still Laughing
Sept. 12 - Venus Is a Star Who Gets What She Wants
Sept. 13 - The Hierophant Plays It Loose
Sept. 14 - The Lovers Struggle To Take What They Want
Sept. 15 - Your Chariot Awaits, My Sweet
Sept. 16 - Mars Is a Soldier Whose Hands Are Red
Sept. 17 - That Hideous Strength
Sept. 18 - The Hermit Stands at the Turn of the River
Sept. 19 - This Is How We Make Our Fortune
Sept. 20 - Our Justice Runs on a Tilted Table
Sept. 21 - Jupiter Is a King Who Never Came Back
Sept. 22 - A Hanged Man Knows How To Bluff
Sept. 23 - The Untitled
Sept. 24 - Temperance Under the Gun
Sept. 25 - The Devil Always Plays to a Draw
Sept. 26 - Paying the Rent in the Tower of Song
Sept. 27 - Saturn Is a Father Devouring His Children
Sept. 28 - If You Wish Upon a Star You Will Regret It
Sept. 29 - The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Sept. 30 - The Sun Is a Blind and Burning Thing
Oct. 1 - A Flaw in Your Judgment
Oct. 2 - The World Is More Than We Will Ever Know
Oct. 3 - Last Call

Tickets are $25. For further information phone (212) 967-7555, or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.