The New York Times calls Mike Daisey "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation." Daisey makes his Penn State debut when he performs The Island at the Birth of the World at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Schwab Auditorium.
Daisey's one-man show, brimming with humor and keen observations, was inspired by his journey to a South Pacific island where the inhabitants worship America at the foot of an erupting volcano. The Island at the Birth of the World explores the islanders' existence and ours to unearth the seemingly primitive and the supposedly modern.
Read my feature about Daisey.
Watch video excerpts of an earlier Daisey production based on the same island visit. Be aware that Daisey in the video, and on stage, will drop a fair share of four-letter words.
Tickets are still available for the Jan. 24 performance.
Unlike most Center for the Performing Arts presentations, this show does not include an Artistic Viewpoints session beforehand. Instead, Daisey plans to have a discussion with audience members after the show.
Daisey is presented in partnership with Juniata College's Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts, where the monologist performs The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.