The Public Theater

World Premiere
Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory
Paintings by Larissa Tokmakova
Assistant Directed by Tessa Siegel
Photograph by Sabrina Fonseca

September 5 - October 3, 2013

Mike Daisey returns to The Public with a breathtakingly epic theatrical event: a story told over the course of a lunar month, a new monologue every night, in 29 unique consecutive performances. Each evening stands alone as a single episode, but together they create a living theatrical novel set against the secret history of New York City – a city that is loved and loathed and larger than life. From Pentecostal church services held in IKEA showrooms to Nikola Tesla's laboratories in the Lower East Side, from the infamous Mole People's convocations deep beneath the subway lines to the hidden and terrifying plans of Robert Moses, Daisey weaves a story of ordinary magic in a most extraordinary city. Night after night he will strive like Sheherazade to tell the largest story ever attempted in the American theater.

Each night Daisey will be joined onstage by one of 29 oil paintings commissioned and created for this show by the Russian artist Larissa Tokmakova, illustrating and illuminating the story he’s telling. Audiences can experience these performances live, and also follow online by listening to the free podcast as the story unfolds.

“The master storyteller...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.” -The New York Times

Tickets and information

Sept 5 - Playing the Hand You’re Dealt
Sept 6 - The Fool Who Walks Through Walls
Sept 7 - The Magician and the Fish
Sept 8 - She’s the High Priestess to You, Jack
Sept 9 - Mercury Is a Messenger Who Will Not Wait
Sept 10 - The Empress Holds Her Cards Close
Sept 11 - The Naked Emperor Is Still Laughing
Sept 12 - Venus Is a Star Who Gets What She Wants
Sept 13 - The Hierophant Plays It Loose
Sept 14 - The Lovers Struggle To Take What They Want
Sept 15 - Your Chariot Awaits, My Sweet
Sept 16 - Mars Is a Soldier Whose Hands Are Red
Sept 17 - That Hideous Strength
Sept 18 - The Hermit Stands at the Turn of the River
Sept 19 - This Is How We Make Our Fortune
Sept 20 - Our Justice Runs on a Tilted Table
Sept 21 - Jupiter Is a King Who Never Came Back
Sept 22 - A Hanged Man Knows How To Bluff
Sept 23 - The Untitled
Sept 24 - Temperance Under the Gun
Sept 25 - The Devil Always Plays to a Draw
Sept 26 - Paying the Rent in the Tower of Song
Sept 27 - Saturn Is a Father Devouring His Children
Sept 28 - If You Wish Upon a Star You Will Regret It
Sept 29 - The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Sept 30 - The Sun Is a Blind and Burning Thing
Oct 1 - A Flaw in Your Judgment
Oct 2 - The World Is More Than We Will Ever Know
Oct 3 - Last Call?