The term "intern" these days pretty much translates to "free labor." College kids or those hoping to get a proverbial (and maybe literal) foot in the door of some sort of the industry of their dreams line up to trade their time for experience. And their square meals for grocery-store ramen... Alas, DC theater company Woolly Mammoth is hoping to better the working conditions for their lot, dubbed the Tiny Mammoths. And to do so, they're bringing in one of the modern age's most controversial theatrical personalities, Mike Daisey in his very first performance of American Utopias next Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.
While the hullaballoo surrounding The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and the fallout with Ira "Sleepytime Voice" Glass has waned, Daisey's passion for storytelling has only gotten more profound. American Utopias investigates how we work, as a society, to create civic spaces in which we can dream of better worlds. In his patented one-man style, Daisey will tell the story by touching on everything from Disney World to Burning Man to Zuccotti Park in New York, where the Occupy movement was born. In the words of the description provided by Woolly Mammoth, "Gunplay, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our American dream." Um... OK?
But for real, if there's anyone who can connect those topics in a must-see format, it's Daisey, and what better excuse to go see it early (he will return next March for the show's regular run) than by knowing the $25 you spend on a ticket will help feed an intern.
This event will most certainly sell out, so get your tickets now either at Woolly's Box Office at 641 D St., NW, by calling (202) 393-3939, or by visiting Woolly's website.