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Mike Daisey's How Theater Failed America to Transfer to Barrow Street Theatre logo
Mike Daisey
(© Jean-Michele Gregory)
Mike Daisey's solo performance piece, How Theater Failed America, will transfer directly from a sold-out, critically-acclaimed run at Joe's Pub (concluding May 11) to Off-Broadway's Barrow Street Theatre, May 16-June 22. Jean-Michele Gregory will direct.

From gorgeous new theaters standing empty as cathedrals, to "successful" working actors traveling like migrant farmhands, to an arts culture unwilling to speak or listen to its own nation, Daisey takes stock of the dystopian state of theater in America: a shrinking world with smaller audiences every year. Fearlessly implicating himself and the system he works within, Daisey seeks answers to essential and dangerous questions about the art we're making, the legacy we leave the future, and who it is we believe we're speaking to.

Each Sunday, a roundtable forum with theater artists and administrators will follow the performance. Slated guests include Robert Brustein, Sheila Callaghan, Greg Kotis, Mark Russell, James Bundy, Jim Nicola, Richard Nelson, Lisa Kron, Gregory Mosher, Hal Brooks, Rocco Landesman, Oskar Eustis, and others.

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