Interview: John Michael Performs the One-Man ‘Order of the Penix’

Chicago – Occasionally we can be surprised through true wonder and serendipity. In August of 2015, John Michael – a Texas native and one-man-show artist – crushed out the funny at the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins theater festival, by making his Chicago debut with “John Michael & the Order of the Penix.” For two consecutive upcoming Saturdays – Dec. 5th and 12th – he returns to the scene of his debut, the Mary-Arrchie Theater at Angel Island in Chicago, to perform the show once again.

The “Order of the Penix” was formulated in Michael’s hometown of Dallas, Texas, in 2013. The show came from the author’s own experience in the dating world, using the elements of Harry Potter – in a side-splitting mix of physical and emotional comedy – to explore both the shame and the stigma of testing for STDs. Michael’s worldview is a hysterical whirlwind, but he also portrays true conflict and feelings in his journey.
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Theater Review: The Daisey-splaining of Yes This Man, Formerly Known As Yes All Women

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Yes This Man, the title of Mike Daisey’s slender new monologue, has a kind of “Ecce Homo” quality to it, and Daisey, declaredly, plays his own Pilate here. As a white male monologist, monologuing about the plight of women, he tries and convicts himself of “the original, Aristotelian version of mansplaining”: The notion of Mike Daisey’s telling women (and men) what’s wrong with the way all societies traditionally and persistently treat women is de facto abominable. (His original title, Yes All Women, was altered after Twitter collectively objected to Daisey’s appropriation of the meme.) How will he pull it off? Offer himself up for dude-ifixion, of course. So we brace for painful confessions and tortured self-critique, from a guy known for both.And we get it. But only kind of. Daisey’s “not a fucking journalist,” he reminds us again, and although it’s fashionable to call him a “fabulist,
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Theater Review: Mike Daisey’s All the Faces of the Moon Is a 44-Hour Production About Mike Daisey

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“Lie to us!” my seatmate whispered as the man of the hour took his seat. Up came the Fresnels, down came the hands, and Mike Daisey proceeded to do just that. It was just like old times. Well, not exactly like old times. Daisey, as Daisey points out early and often, has been through some rough chop. His last show, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, was promoted as groundbreaking theatrical “journalism,” then demoted to mere fraud in a matter of weeks (and over the course of a single, harrowing "This American Life" episode). Afterwards, he was lost, and even considered taking his own life.Doubt that last bit? You’re invited to: It’s what kicks off Daisey’s new show, All the Faces of the Moon, a 29-part, 44-hour, monthlong epic about fiction, fantasy, magic, and, yes. lying. But All the Faces is, above all, about Mike Daisey,
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Why Mike Daisey Isn’t Apologizing for The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

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At the beginning of last year, Mike Daisey was ready to blow up. He had spent years nurturing a certain kind of intense but small-scale acclaim in the theater, performing haranguing, wistful monologues, which he never wrote down, to people who shared his core suspicions about the world — that we’re all ridiculous, that living requires some delusion, and that maybe we’re all just, in our semi-self-aware way, fucked. His critique of the mystical delights of consumer capitalism, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, was adapted for “This American Life,” which made Daisey’s poly­morphous, principled outrage at last scalable beyond the cabaret. But then it all blew up in his face. The public-radio broadcast was retracted by host Ira Glass, and Daisey’s self-styled profile as a higher-purpose grouser-crusader beaten to hell because he … well, fudged some parts. Misled. Made some stuff up — you know,
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Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn & More to Lead Fun Home at Public Theater; Full Casting Announced for Fall 2013 Season

The Public Theater Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis Executive Director, Patrick Willingham announced today that single tickets are now on sale for the Fall 2013 Season, which will begin in September with All The Faces Of The Moon, created and performed by Mike Daisey. Single tickets are available by calling 212 967-7555,, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street.
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Ira Glass on This American Life: 'Traditional broadcast media seems old-fashioned to me'

What sweets do fighter pilots eat? Can pigs' rectums be passed off as squid? These are the sort of questions that have made This American Life an internet sensation. Henry Barnes meets Ira Glass as he comes searching for British stories

Ira Glass is looking for a story. The host of This American Life, the phenomenally successful Us public radio show, has flown into Sheffield for one night. He has come to the city's documentary festival, hoping all the assembled film-makers will pitch him ideas for Tal, which boasts 1.8 million listeners in the Us, and produces a weekly podcast that's downloaded by 900,000 fans worldwide. His first UK appearance doesn't seem to be going too well, though. "I don't feel like people here know who I am," he says.

Tal is all about surprising, character-driven stories. It's an hour-long show divided into acts, each one taking a broad theme. Episode 484, called Doppelgänger,
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Mike Daisey Premieres American Utopias at Joe's Pub Tonight, 10/22

Tonight, October 22 at 930 Pm, Mike Daisey will return to Joes Pub at The Public Theater to debut new monologues in the first of a series of monthly premieres through March 2013. Each month, Daisey will bring a new, groundbreaking monologue to Joes Pub for a one-night-only engagement. In October, Daisey will premiere American Utopias. Tickets are 20 reserved 25 premium and go on sale today,
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Mike Daisey to Premiere American Utopias at Joe's Pub, 10/22

On Monday, October 22 at 930 Pm, Mike Daisey will return to Joes Pub at The Public Theater to debut new monologues in the first of a series of monthly premieres through March 2013. Each month, Daisey will bring a new, groundbreaking monologue to Joes Pub for a one-night-only engagement. In October, Daisey will premiere American Utopias. Tickets are 20 reserved 25 premium and go on sale today,
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7 Fringe Alumni That Moved On Beyond the Festival

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This year’s New York International Fringe Festival boasts roughly 200 shows, all of which are hoping that the festival might be the beginning of a longer life onstage. And their aspirations are not unwarranted. Quite a few FringeNYC graduates have gone on to achieve further success, both on the New York stage and around the country, not to mention launching the careers of some very talented artists.Here are a few Fringe alumni that have gone on to bigger things!“21 Dog Years”Long before achieving infamy with “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” monologist Mike Daisey achieved fame with “21 Dog Years.” By now it feels like a period piece. Daisey, an employee, reflects on the turn-of-the-last-century tech boom and bust. Daisey’s show was more than just a rant or a cautionary tale. It was fast-paced comic exploration of just how easy it is for the idea of easy.
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Click and Clack pull the plug on NPR show

It’s the end of an era: Click and Clack are retiring.

The duo, real names Tom and Ray Magliozzi, have hosted the program Car Talk on NPR for the past 25 years. According to a transcript from their website,

Tom: …with Car Talk celebrating its 25th anniversary on NPR this fall (35th year overall, including our local years at Wbur)…

Ray: …and my brother turning over the birthday odometer to 75, we’ve decided that it’s time to stop and smell the cappuccino.

Tom: So as of October, we’re not going to be recording any more new shows. That’s right,
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This Week on Stage: 'Newsies' take New York, Raven-Symone steps into 'Sister Act'

This Week on Stage: 'Newsies' take New York, Raven-Symone steps into 'Sister Act'
The Newsies took Broadway this week at the show’s Thursday night opening, and if our review is any indication, they’re truly the Kings of New York! EW also got an exclusive video from inside the recording studio with the stellar cast. Over at the Broadway Theatre, Raven-Symone stepped into the bedazzled heels of Deloris van Cartier in Sister Act on Tuesday, and EW caught up with her for a Q&A that’s fabulous, baby. We also offered up a first look at Jamie Lynn-Sigler and Rita Wilson in Off Broadway’s Jewtopia, Deborah Cox joined Jekyll and Hyde,
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Deborah Cox joins Constantine Maroulis in Broadway-bound production of 'Jekyll & Hyde'

R&B singer Deborah Cox will star alongside Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) in Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden’s new production of the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Cox, playing Lucy, and Maroulis, as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, will make their way to Broadway for a limited engagement in April 2013 following a 25-week national tour launching this October.

Jekyll & Hyde is the story of a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality while trying to cure his father’s mental illness. It first opened on Broadway in April 1997, with Linda Eder as Lucy and Robert Cuccioli
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Mike Daisey issues another apology: 'Things came out of my mouth that just weren't true'

Before the curtain falls on the 15 minutes of ridiculousness that is the distressing dilemma of Mike Daisey, there is one more act: Daisey’s latest apology, which in reality should have been given eons ago and saved face for Daisey, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and everyone involved in the Apple factory farce.

Daisey once again took to his blog for his most recent apology, only this time the playwright-slash-performer decided to abandon trying to explain his good intentions and instead took full blame for the debacle.

He apologized first to his audiences: “It made me grateful…to have audiences come
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Mike Daisey Apologizes to Journalists, Rights Groups, Audiences -- But Not Apple

After a public shaming and "This American Life" retraction, Mike Daisey has written an extensive mea culpa that apologizes to the journalists, theater-goers, activists and colleagues who were misled by his monologue about human rights abuses at factories that supply Apple. But one party was absent from Daisey's wide-reaching note. The performer did not apologize directly to Apple, the company at the center of his caustic examination of factory conditions. "When I said onstage that I had personally experienced things I in fact did not, I failed to honor the contract I’d established
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This Week on Stage: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' returns, Jim Parsons suits up for 'Harvey'

This Week on Stage: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' returns, Jim Parsons suits up for 'Harvey'
Another day, another Andrew Lloyd Webber show on Broadway. EW got an exclusive look at the flashy revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, which officially opened on Thursday. The Book of Mormon announced a free-ticket lottery for its one year anniversary, which will no doubt make fans cheer “maha naibu eebowai.” Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) showed his business-casual side in EW’s first look at Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Harvey. Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs continued to make headlines, with the latest being Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s supportive stance behind the heavily-criticized show.
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'The Agony And The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs' Coming To Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Washington -- A Washington theater is apologizing for calling a one-man show that purported to show horrific working conditions at Chinese factories that made Apple products a work of nonfiction.

Performer Mike Daisey was recently forced to admit he made up parts of the show called "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs."

Still, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company said Wednesday that it plans to bring the play back to Washington this summer. It was first performed at the Washington theater in 2010 before moving onto other cities including New York.

The theater's artistic and managing directors say they stand by the show as a piece of theater. They say art is different from journalism.

Revelations that some claims in the show weren't true led to retractions by public radio's "This American Life" and corrections by other news organizations including The Associated Press.
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Opinion: Mike Daisey, 'This American Life', and the invention of 'counterfeit truth'

Opinion: Mike Daisey, 'This American Life', and the invention of 'counterfeit truth'
The phrase “based on a true story” has become weak currency in the world of storytelling, and unfortunately it keeps getting worse.

The latest downgrading occurs at the hands of performer Mike Daisey and his falsehood-perforated theater monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, about the exploitation of Chinese workers who manufacture Apple products.

Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life presented an entire episode this past weekend to retract and correct its very popular January show that featured Daisey’s now-discredited reporting. The entire program can be found here, and it’s compelling listening – even if you
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otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch (and other adventures in social networking)

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • It's hard to imagine an accurate adaptation of Hunger Games that isn't rated R. Just thematically, never mind all the violence and blood. And yet, it's from a big studio and is relying on teen audiences, and so... 'The Hunger Games,' 'Bully' prompt MPAA ratings fight • Today's Facepalmiest Headline Award goes to: WonderCon: Peter Berg Explains How Stephen Hawking And His Father Inspired ‘Battleship’, Not The Board Game • When is theater journalism? Um, never... The Agony and Ecstasy of Mike Daisey • Fascinating postmortem on a deceased talk show. (I never saw it, but it sounds dire.) Rosie O’Donnell’s Disastrous Oprah Winfrey Network Experience • Social change deeply terrifies the small-minded... Massacre of emos in Iraq goes to core of a damaged society • If you love Sherlock and you love otters, you will love this. Otters Who Look
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In defence of Mike Daisey: never mind the facts, focus on the writing | Michael Wolff

The This American Life controversy shows that the problem with journalism may not lie with facts or truth, but the form itself

Most journalists are terrible writers. Their copy is either overhauled by diligent editors, which produces something formulaic and generic, or not, and then it is often a sludge of convolutions and clichés, a graveyard of prose. This is the product that is so intensely, with almost religious fervor, defended by, well, journalists themselves.

Since journalists can't write, their virtue comes down to their presentation of facts. This becomes an excuse for writing poorly: facts are literal, and literalism arrives, often, at the expense of good prose. But facts are more important, no? They are, after all, facts. "Non-fiction should mean just that: facts and nothing but the facts," intoned Charles Isherwood in the New York Times, arguing, apparently, for something like a police report.

It is not a place that,
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Mike Daisey urges focus on the 'bigger story' of global manufacturing

Mike Daisey urges focus on the 'bigger story' of global manufacturing
Mike Daisey has released a statement on his official blog urging critics to focus on the bigger story of the nature of Apple’s Chinese manufacturing, rather than his admission that he fabricated important parts of his one-man show.

“If you think this story is bigger than that story, something is wrong with your priorities,” writes Daisey, whose The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs addresses working conditions of Apple employees in Chinese sweatshops. The off-Broadway production was the focus of a segment on Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, which has since been retracted after word circulated
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