A Washington theater is apologizing for calling a one-man show that purported to show horrific working conditions at Chinese factories that made Apple products a work of nonfiction. Performer Mike Daisey was recently forced to admit he made up parts of the show called The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
Still, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company said Wednesday that it plans to bring the play back to Washington this summer. It was first performed at the Washington theater in 2010 before moving onto other cities including New York. The theater’s artistic and managing directors say they stand by the show as a piece of theater. They say art is different from journalism.
Revelations that some claims in the show weren’t true led to retractions by public radio’s This American Life and corrections by other news organizations including The Associated Press.