With his latest creation THE TRUMP CARD, monologuist Mike Daisey is doing for Donald Trump what Michael Moore once did for General Motors: exposing the politician for the fraud he is. To do this he is using the best weapons currently available: the truth and biting humor. The insanely gifted and controversial comedian has never failed to make audiences sit up and take notice of what he says, and in our interview with him he admits that Trump surrogates have followed his latest show with more than casual interest.
There’s been some catcalling and heckling, and protests outside the theaters in different cities. Nothing I can’t handle—I’ve dealt with Apple fanatics and Scientologists, so I’ve seen the worst. – Mike Daisey
Mike Daisey’s monologues are a brilliant amalgam of heartbreaking autobiography, hilarious gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance pieces that cut to the bone. In his only Berkshire appearance, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s surreal race for President, and there is no question as to which candidate he dislikes.
Following the third and final Presidential debae by a day, Daisey arrives at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington for one performance only Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8pm.
Berkshire on Stage: Are you likely to incorporate some of the latest Trump revelations in your monologue since it is ” a living construct made of ideas?”
Mike Daisey: Yes, it’s been changing immensely over the last week—a lot of the material is brand new or deeply reconcieved as his campaign for president implodes in on itself.
BOS: Do you think Donald Trump has ever told the truth, or is even capable of such a feat?
MD: He’s very good at telling the truth about the thing all performers must tell the truth about—the connection he has with his audiences. Within that context he’s very truthful—in fact, Trump will sometimes say things that are so open that no actual politician would ever say them to a crowd. The complexity is that this honesty of performance is embedded in a person who lies constantly.
BOS: Do you think the baby boomers are responsible for Trump? Or just the Republicans?
MD: No, the responsibility for Trump’s candidacy lies with a large number of people. We all share some blame in it, and we all have different roles in ensuring it never happens again.
BOS: Are you working on anything else at the moment, or are you consumed until election day?
MD: I perform THE TRUMP CARD for the very last time on Noveber 1st…and on November 3rd I’ll perform THE STORY OF THE GUN, my monologue about the history of guns in America and our fraught national conversation about them, on November 3rd, 4th, and 5th in NYC. No rest for me, and I’m moving on because it’s time to close this chapter…and I will be glad to do so.
Daisey is also making his Trump monologue an open source work available to other performers without royalties and few conditions. “THE TRUMP CARD, my monologue about Donald Trump and all he contains in this particular American moment, is available for download as an edited theatrical transcript under and open performance license so that anyone, anywhere can perform and give readings of it.” You can read more about this on his blog.
Tickets for the Mike Daisey appearance are priced at $29-39 are are available at http://www.mahaiwe.org or by calling the Box Office: 413-528-0100. The Mahaiwe is located on Castle Street just off of Route 7 in Great Barrington.