Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sneak Peek Of Daisey's THE LAST CARGO CULT Held At Woolly Mammoth 6/15:

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company announces a one-night-only sneak peek performance of The Last Cargo Cult, a new work created and performed by monologuist Mike Daisey (If You See Something Say Something, How Theatre Failed America). Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, this performance of The Last Cargo Cult will be on Monday, June 15 at 7pm. All tickets are $15 and available at 202-393-3939 or

The production will be performed from January 11 to February 7, 2010 as part of Season 30, Woolly Mammoth's 30th Season.

"Woolly Mammoth has become a home for our work, and we couldn't be happier," stated Mike Daisey. "Woolly was the first theater in the nation to commit to The Last Cargo Cult, and it is fantastic to be giving birth to the monologue on their stage this June. Jean-Michele and I are neck-deep in research from my journey to the distant South Pacific, and this first performance at Woolly is really when the show will come alive for the first time-we're absolutely delighted to bring this story of erupting volcanoes, feral pigs, mind-altering drugs and macroeconomics to DC audiences first!"

Fearless autobiographer and gonzo journalist Mike Daisey has traveled to a tiny South Pacific island to take part in the annual festival of the "John Frum Cult." Worshippers of cargo left behind by American G.I.'s, these islanders build meticulous bamboo replicas of Western engineering, re-enact scenes from internet broadcasts, and summon American power through sympathetic magic. What does our economic crisis mean to them, and what can they teach us about wealth and wishful thinking?

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