“What we mean,” he elaborates, “is, ‘What’s written?’ And the answer to that is always nothing, until 24 hours before the performance. And that’s been true of every monologue.”
Therefore theaters have no script to evaluate when deciding whether to book him. It also means he has no scripts languishing in regional theater development hell: “I dodge it all,” says Daisey, who has flown an anti-establishment banner throughout his public life. “And that’s actually one of the reasons the shows are so good.”
‘The dark time’
“Steve Jobs” was — is? — regarded as possibly the best of his entertaining and provocative performances. Certainly it’s his most activist, his most ahead-of-the-curve piece. It is debated whether or how much Daisey heated up the news about Apple’s labor practices in China. He and Shalwitz stick to the claim that response to “Steve Jobs” helped move reported stories toward the front pages.