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Mike Daisey
If You See Something Say Something

Oct 10–12, 2008


Mike Daisey. Photo by Ursa Waz.

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

Friday-Sunday, October 10-12, 7:30 pm
* Recommended for mature audiences

Tickets $25, MCA members $20

A uniquely American voice, humorist Mike Daisey tackles a story at the heart of our world today: the surprising, secret history behind the US Department of Homeland Security. His beguiling new monologue weaves together the untold story of Sam Cohen, father of the neutron bomb, and his own sharp observations of a personal visit to the Trinity blast site, the original Ground Zero, where atomic fire rewrote history a half a century ago. Daisey draws from damning facts and his personal history for a caustic and ultimately cathartic journey through the dark heart of America, in search of what it means to be secure, and the price we are willing to pay for it.


Program Notes

About the Artist
This new work by the master of extemporaneous monologues marks Daisey‘s long-awaited Chicago debut. Daisey has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by the NY Times for his many monologues, including Monopoly!, I Miss the Cold War, Great Men of Genius, and 21 Dog Years. He has been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, and is a current commentator for NPR’s Day To Day and PRI’s Studio 360, a contributor to WIRED, Slate and Salon, a web contributor to Vanity Fair and Radar Magazine.

Daisey is a brainy, manic hoot, a cross between Noam Chomsky and Jack Black.
– Seattle Times

A finely tuned fury…funny, provocative, meticulously embroidered. What this master story-spinner produces is pure value in streams of finely etched argument. Daisey guides us through a tale of paranoia, politics and paradox. Detailed, episodic and even poetic.
– The Washington Post

Running time: 100 minutes
Recommended for mature audiences