Ugh. This whole thing upsets me. As an artist, it upsets me when performers think they have to change a truthful story to make it “theatrical.” There are so many ways to dramatize truth without lying about it. If you have to lie to make your theatre good or poignant, then you’re just not creative enough.
I’d like to think that Mr. Daisey wasn’t doing this show for only self-serving reasons (as many folks, especially in the theatre world, are opining), but that he truly wanted to make a positive change in the world with theatre. Perhaps he just wasn’t creative enough to do it. Maybe I’m being naive, maybe not. I actually haven’t even seen the show. I was planning on doing so here in Chicago next month, but no more.
The other thing that upsets me about this is that it seems like PEOPLE KEEP TALKING ABOUT MIKE DAISEY, when what we need to be doing is focusing on the fact that there are SUB-STANDARD WORKING CONDITIONS THAT WE SUPPORT with our silent consumerism. I can’t control how Mike Daisey reacts to all of this. Frankly, I don’t really care. What matters is how I react to all of this; how you react to all of this. This is only going to be about Mike Daisey if we make it about Mike Daisey. No offense, but I’m sick of hearing about him. I’d much rather hear about how we can make the world a better place.