The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
The Los Angeles premiere of
"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs"
adapted from the monologue by Mike Daisey, performed by Alex Lyras
"Anyone with a cell phone and a moral center should see this show."
The New York Times
Los Angeles audiences finally get the chance to see Mike Daisey's highly controversial The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobsin an "ethically made" version. The script, revised and updated by the author, now packs an even more powerful punch. This compelling 2.0 edition, performed by Alex Lyras (The Common Air), plays at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood, Wednesday May 15, 22, 29 & June 5th at 8pm.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs examines the controversy of globalization through the rise and fall and resurrection of Apple, illuminating how Apple's former CEO and his obsessions shape our lives. It follows the trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPads, shining a light on the very human price we pay for our high-tech toys.
"The Agony and the Ecstasy is an example of the true power of theater," says Lyras. "Here's a performer (Daisey) who took on a conglomerate and actually affected change. Apple got so much heat, so many questions from people who had seen the show, that it had no choice but to start providing answers."
Robert McCaskill, whose longtime creative collaboration with Alex Lyras includes 2009's multiple award-winning The Common Air, directs the Los Angeles premiere. Multimedia design is by Tim Arnold, who incorporates video and projections to enhance Daisey's tale. Matthew Quinn produces for Combined Artform / Theatre Asylum.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs opens on February 20 and continues every Wednesday @ 8 pm through April 10. General admission is $20.00; full-time students with ID and seniors are $15.
Theatre Asylum is located at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038 (1 block west of Vine). For reservations and information, call (800) 838-3006 or go to www.theatreasylum-la.com. Running time 1:15.
L.A. audiences finally get the chance to see Agony and Ecstasy. Los Angeles Times
A fascinating performance of Mike Daisey's controversial monologue. LA WEEKLY
You may be shocked to discover the moral quandary currently sitting in your pocket. A must-see... Life in LA
Provocative, scandalous, and controversial... a wonderfully-orchestrated piece of theater. Annenberg News
Hard-hitting emotional engagement. A chilling portrait of the very real human cost of globalization. Stage & Cinema
An edifying, engrossing show. A rousing, powerful call to arms. Lively Arts
Fascinating and appalling stuff. Blog Critics
Theatre Asylum (View)
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038