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The evening, which was held at the Public Theater, where Daisey's monologue played extended engagements, explored issues facing theatre artists who work in documentary story-telling, and their responsibility to their audiences, their art and their subjects. The panel discussion came about following reports that Daisey had fabricated portions of his acclaimed work The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
Following Daisey's January appearance as a guest on "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. 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.
Time Out New York theatre critic Adam Feldman hosted the "Truth in Theatre" discussion, which also featured 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). A podcast of the evening is forthcoming.
Daisey is currently at work on another theatrical piece that centers on the aftermath of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. It received a developmental presentation at the Cape Cod Theatre Project earlier this summer. He continues to tour a revised version of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs across the country.