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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

created & performed by Mike Daisey
directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

March 21 – April 10, 2011


Best availability this Saturday at 3pm!

Appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Running Time: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes (no intermission)


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About the Show

Following his smash hit monologue, The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America’s most mysterious technology icon. With a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design, Daisey illuminates the war—from China to Silicon Valley—over how we see our world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech toys.


Praise for Mike Daisey's
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:

"I will never be the same after seeing that show."
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, to The New York Times

“Blisteringly funny…hands-down Daisey’s
most effective performance yet.”
The Washington Post

“Ferociously entertaining.”
Washington City Paper

“Five-stars. Any user of modern technology should make it a point to see The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

“If you crave first-rate theatre…you ought to see The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”
Brightest Young Things

“Mike Daisey’s most complete, most layered, most complex, most uproariously disturbing monologue to date.”
DC Theatre Scene

“Daisey brilliantly juxtaposes Jobs’ and Apple’s history with the high cost of our addiction to low cost electronics.”
Washington Examiner

“I never felt such a strong response to a show in a long time until I saw Daisey’s emotional and passionate performance.”

“When you walk out of the theater, you'll be illuminated by more than the glow of your LED screen.”


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Post-Show Discussions

  • Wednesday, March 30th (following the 8pm performance)
    Rick Hind, Legislative Director, Greenpeace
    Peter Corbett, CEO of iStrategy Labs
    Moderator: Miriam Weisfeld
  • Sunday, April 3rd (following the 3pm performance)
    Dr. Daryl Ditz, Director, Chemicals Program, Center for International Environmental Law
    Cecilia Kang, technology policy writer for The Washington Post
    Moderator: Miriam Weisfeld
  • Thursday, April 7th (following the 8pm performance)
    Joseph Corbett, COO of iStrategy Labs
    Wyckham Avery, former Apple Store employee
    Moderator: John Baker

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Feed your inner-Apple Fanatic by exploring the evolution of the objects of your obsession. Woolly's harvested a variety of Apple products and accessories from the 1980's and 90's, and displayed them for the run of the show.

Included are:
Apple IIe – able to input and display lowercase letters for the first time
Apple ImageWriter II – sturdy and reliable, used for decades after its release
Newton – John Scully, then CEO of Apple, coins PDA (“Personal Digital Assistant”)
Apple Quicktake 200 – take a quick shot of the apple of your eye
iMac G3 – first to incorporate USB ports
iBook G4 – post-“Clamshell” design updated, sleek, and white
iPod mini 4GB (Second Generation) – power multi-media players in the palm of your hand
MacBook – the notebook for everyone
iPhone 3GS – “S” is for “speed”

Click here to view pictures of the orchard and to read more about the products on display.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs Post-Show Discussion

Following the matinee performance on Sunday, April 3rd, Woolly hosted a post-show discussion with Dr. Daryl Ditz, moderated by Director of Artistic Development Miriam Weisfeld. Creator and performer Mike Daisey made a special appearance to answer questions from our audience members.


Zac's Oregon Trail

Woolly Sales Manager Zac Boatright chats with Press and Digital Content Manager Brooke Miller about meeting the Nats mascot, Oregon Trail, and Woolly's event rentals. Then he takes us along on a tour through the building for some potential space renters.

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Who's Who



MIKE DAISEY(Creator and Performer) has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections. His monologues include last season’s The Last Cargo Cult, critically acclaimed If You See Something Say Something, the controversial How Theater Failed America, the six-hour epic Great Men of Genius, the unrepeatable series All Stories Are Fiction, and the international sensation 21 Dog Years. Over the last decade he has brought his work to venues including the Public Theater, the Cherry Lane Theater, the Barrow Street Theatre, Yale Repertory Theater, the Spoleto Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Center Theater Group, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Noorderzon Festival, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Perseverance Theatre, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Intiman Theatre, the Under the Radar Festival, Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, Performance Space 122, and many more. He’s been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as a commentator and contributor to Studio 360, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, WNYC and the BBC. His first film, Layover, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and a feature film of his monologue If You See Something Say Something will be released next year. His first book, 21 Dog Years: A Cubedweller’s Tale, was published by the Free Press and his second book, a collected anthology of his monologues, will be published by TCG in the fall of 2010. He has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama League Awards, and has been the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, four Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the EST/Sloan Galileo Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship.


JEAN-MICHELE GREGORY(Director) works as a director, editor, and dramaturg, focusing on unscripted, extemporaneous theatrical works that live in the moment they are told. Working primarily with solo artists, for the last decade she has collaborated with monologist Mike Daisey, directing at venues across the globe including the Public Theater, the Barrow Street Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theater, Center Theater Group, the Under the Radar Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Chicago’s Museum for Contemporary Art, American Repertory Theatre, the Spoleto Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Noorderzon Festival, Intiman Theatre, ACT Theatre, Performance Space 122, the TBA Festival, and many more. She also works with New York storyteller Martin Dockery (Wanderlust, The Surprise) and the Seattle-based performer and writer Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch, Your Own Personal Alcatraz). Her productions have received three Seattle Times Footlight Awards (21 Dog Years, The Ugly American, Monopoly!), the Bay Area Critics Circle Award (Great Men of Genius), and nominations from the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle (If You See Something Say Something).



SETH REISER (Lighting and Set Design) will be making his District debut at Woolly Mammoth with this powerful piece of theatre and is thrilled to help bring awareness to the unconscionable labor conditions in China. In addition to Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Seth recently designed the lighting for Mike’s The Last Cargo Cult at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Barring the Unforeseen at IRT in New York. Other notable designs include La MaMa ETC: Dutch A/V; HERE Arts Center: The Lily’s Revenge (Obie Award winner, Hewes Award Nomination); The Public Theatre: Transition by Tommy Smith and Reggie Watts; The Human Animals Collective: Middlemen; The New Ensemble: NON Play. Seth has also designed for The Juilliard Opera, Capital Repertory Theatre, Bard College, On the Boards, Joyce SoHo, Muhlenberg College, and The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, among others. Upcoming work includes PS122: Radio Play by Tommy Smith; The Little Opera Theatre of New York: Mitriadate; The New Ensemble (ART): Fornicated from the Beatles. Seth received his MFA from New York University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Mary and daughter Marion.

JASON R. CABALLERO (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be this year’s resident assistant stage manager at Woolly Mammoth. His DC credits include Mermaids, Monsters and the World Painted Purple, and Trumpet of the Swan (Kennedy Center), The Little Dog Laughed (Signature Theatrer), Goodnight Moon (Adventure Theatre), Eclipsed and Full Circle (Woolly). At Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, he worked on Seussical the Musical, Sophisticated Ladies, and A Christmas Carol. Jason is a graduate from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He would like to thank his parents fo all their love and support.

MIRIAM WEISFELD (Dramaturg) is the Director of Artistic Development at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, where she has dramaturged World Premieres including David Adjmi’s Stunning, Robert O’Hara’s Antebellum, and Dania Gurira’s Eclipsed (all of which were nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play). Her other credits include work for New York Theatre Workshop (projects with JoAnne Akalaitis, Ivo van Hove, and Universes); A.R.T. (with Robert Woodruff, Anne Bogart, and Paula Vogel); Two River Theatre/Folger Theatre (with Teller); Steppenwolf Theatre; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Lookingglass Theatre; and NovaStage, Toronto. She has lectured on theatre at Harvard University, MIT, Suffolk University, Northwestern University, the Kennedy Center, and the Moscow Art Theatre School. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute at Harvard University.




Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm; Saturday, March 26th only at 8pm (no 3pm); Sunday, March 27th at 7pm (no 3pm).

Special performance dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Monday, March 21st, and Tuesday, March 22nd at 8pm
    Tickets sold at 6pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming around 5pm. Performances typically sell out.


Tickets start at $45.

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Mike Daisey in The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (2011)
Photos by Stan Barouh


Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:

Michael & Shannon Alford
The Alper Family Foundation
Caldwell & Company, CPAs
Joe Dunne & Elena Grigorieva
Elizabeth & Paul L. Friedman
The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation
David & Hope Kosier
Annie & Paul Mahon
Carl & Undine Nash
Julie Rios
Erika & Jeremy Rissi
Darrell Smith & Tom Turnbull
Jonathan Zucker


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Show Art Concept & Design:
Kate Landis Loewengart & Judy Luke
Illustration © Ronald J. Cala II / i2i art