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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Silo presents

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Written by Mike Daisey

Back by popular demand, one of the most controversial pieces of modern theatre returns for one night only, when The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs polarizes audiences, Sunday November 18th at the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall.

Iconic director, raconteur and wit Oliver Driver directs an all-star cast including some of New Zealand’s most beloved personalities alongside celebrated Silo talents.

Shortland Street’s Shavaughn Ruakere, More FM’s Clarke Gayford, 95bFM’s Sarin Moddle, Adam Gardiner, Paolo Rotondo, Cameron Rhodes and Toni Potter are lined up to give us their take on this notorious work. More names will be announced shortly.

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.

Part autobiography, part gonzo-journalism, part theatrical performance, Mike Daisey has lined himself up as a board-treading Michael Moore, as his previous monologues revolve around the likes of Nikolai Tesla and L. Ron Hubbard. His latest work not only shines a light on our love affair with the Apple product, but the factories in China where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods.

Some of the “facts” from the show became part of an expose on US Radio, with This American Life’s documentary becoming the most popular episode, downloaded 888,000 times. A live performance of the show was also planned to be broadcast on WBEZ Chicago.

However, those “truths” were then discovered to be invented, or “half-truths.” Facing a backlash from both the media and those that worship at the altar of Apple, Daisey’s explanation was that he never professed to be a journalist, just a guy with a story to tell – regardless if he wasn’t specific about what were or what weren’t his personal experiences. Daisey revised the text in August 2012, rejigging the context of his narrative and it is this version that Silo will be performing here.

Much like a must-see documentary, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS is critical theatre – and with one performance only it’s even more important to book now.

The best original American play so far this year” –The Washington Post.

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” is a mind-clouding, eye-opening exploration of the moral choices we unknowingly or unthinkingly make when we purchase nifty little gadgets like the iPhone and the iPad.” – New York Post

The Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Sunday November 18th, 6pm
Tickets: $49.00
Tickets available through THE EDGE – 09 357 3355 or


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