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Mike Daisey plans his next theater production

April 11, 2012 |  7:15 am


Mike Daisey, the New York theater performer who got into trouble earlier this year when it was revealed that he fabricated elements of his play about tech giant Apple, has already begun planning his next stage production.

Daisey will team with the Cape Cod Theatre Project to produce a new work scheduled to debut this summer in Massachusetts. The untitled production will feature Daisey and will be directed by his frequent collaborator, Jean-Michele Gregory. No details about the production have been released.

The Cape Cod Theatre Project presents staged readings and workshop productions of plays. The company helped Daisey develop the very production that eventually landed him in hot water, "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs."

In March, the public-radio program "This American Life" retracted a story that featured excerpts from Daisey's show. It said the writer-performer had exaggerated and fabricated certain elements of his production, which examines the treatment of workers at factories in China that produce Apple products.

Daisey has since issued an apology, saying that he failed to honor the contract he had established with his audiences over many years and many shows. "In doing so, I not only violated their trust, I also made worse art," he wrote on his blog.

The Cape Cod Theatre Project has helped launch plays by a number of prominent writers, including Adam Rapp, Neil LaBute and Nilo Cruz. This summer, the company will present new works by LaBute, Bess Wohl and Joshua Allen.

"The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" was performed at the company in 2010. The show opened at the Public Theater in New York in 2011.


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Photo: Mike Daisey. Credit: Craig Schwartz