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Acclaimed Monologist Mike Daisey to Perform FASTER BETTER SOCIAL Jan. 16 & 17

January 5, 2015

Whip-smart Performance Will Explore Technology in the Social Landscape


Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will present theatre artist Mike Daisey in his solo performance FASTER BETTER SOCIAL on January 16 and 17. Daisey, who has been called a “master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by the New York Times, is known for weaving autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell stories that define the world and the people who live in it.


In FASTER BETTER SOCIAL, Daisey will focus on the ways technology is changing our lives. He will interrogate the disrupted landscape of technological change—where smartphones have transformed how we see the world around us—and our dissolving sense of privacy, our commoditization as clusters of consumer information, and our shrinking sense of time as we train ourselves to speak in 140 character haiku. He asks, what are we gaining?  What are we losing? And what are we becoming?

FASTER BETTER SOCIAL is one in a long line of insightful, hard-hitting solo works created and performed by the prolific Daisey. Since his first monologue in 1997, he has created dozens of powerful solo performances including “All Stories Are Fiction,” “How Theater Failed America,” “If You See Something Say Something,” and “All the Faces of the Moon.” He is perhaps best known for his controversial work “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” His works are characterized by whip-smart and pointed criticism of the social and political landscape, all delivered with his signature provocative style and acerbic wit.


Daisey has performed in venues on five continents, and has appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “This American Life,” and “The Moth.” He has been a commentator and contributor for the New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, and National Public Radio. He has won the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, five Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the Sloan Foundation’s Galileo Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship. His work has been seen at many of the world’s best-regarded performing arts organizations, including the Spoleto Festival, Wooly Mammoth Theater, New York’s Public Theater, and the Cannes Film Festival. He is currently at work on his second book, an anthology of his monologues.

FASTER BETTER SOCIAL is written and performed by Mike Daisey, and was directed by Jean-Michele Gregory. For mature audiences only.

The two performances of FASTER BETTER SOCIAL by Mike Daisey will take place on Friday, January 16, and Saturday January 17, 2015, at 8:00 P.M. each evening, at Wright Memorial Theatre, on the campus of Middlebury College. Wright Theatre is located at 96 Chateau Road in Middlebury, just off Route 125. Free parking is available on Route 125, on Old Chapel Road, and in the College parking lot of Shannon Street, with handicap-accessible parking available on Chateau Road. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

Photos by Ursa Waz


January 16, Friday

A Conversation with Mike Daisey

4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

In advance of his two solo performances at Middlebury, performer Mike Daisey will field questions from students in Alex Draper's Winter Term class "Closing Arguments:  The Courtroom on Stage," and Dana Yeaton's class "Oratory: A Speechmaking Studio."  Members of the college community and the public are welcome to listen in and participate in this dialogue about theatre, journalism, truth, and social change.  Free

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
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