Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Five Technical Rehearsals in India

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

One Performance Only
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
March 12th at 9:30pm


The latest piece in an explosion of new work by Mike Daisey,
Five Technical Rehearsals in India is the technicolor story of his five-city tour across India, told through the narrative of five disastrous technical rehearsals in five different theaters across the country. From the slums of Calcutta to the high-tech warrens of India’s call centers, from Bollywood prop shops to Bombay curry houses, from the American consulate’s political maneuverings to a multinational corporation’s hunger for workers, Daisey takes us on an unforgettable journey across a brilliant and unpredictable land…and in the process discovers anew the illusion and enduring power of theatrical performance.

"Mike Daisey has a masterful command of his art. Sitting alone at a simple desk, he is all-powerful for 100 minutes. When he wants you to laugh, you laugh; when he wants you to think, you think. He is at all times exactly himself, yet in subtle ways, he winds up speaking for everyone. He doesn’t draw you into the stories he tells—instead he shows how, perhaps unawares, you have been part of them all along."

"Daisey's skill is that he is able to talk about the historical and make it human, the personal and make it universal, so that the listener is both informed and transformed."

"What distinguishes him from most solo performers is how elegantly he blends personal stories, historical digressions and philosophical ruminations. He has the curiosity of a highly literate dilettante and a preoccupation with alternative histories, secrets large and small, and the fuzzy line where truth and fiction blur. Mr. Daisey’s greatest subject is himself."