Mike Daisey: American Utopias

Event has passed (Fri May 16, 2014 - Sat May 17, 2014)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
$25 - $35
Art, Theater / Performance Arts


Mike Daisey is the preeminent monologist in the theater today, hailed by The New York Times as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation,” and referred to by many as a modern-day Mark Twain. In American Utopias he explores how we create public spaces in which we act out our dreams of a better world. Daisey takes us everywhere to pursue the story: from Disney World and its nostalgic theme park perfection, to the drug-fueled anarchic excesses of Burning Man, to Zuccotti Park, where in the unlikeliest place the Occupy movement is born. Gunplay, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents, and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our American dream.

Mike Daisey’s groundbreaking monologues weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exploring stories that define our age through Daisey's blend of hilarious comedy, brilliant observation, and pitch-perfect timing. This is a rare opportunity to see Daisey do what he does best: a master storyteller at the peak of his form, weaving new stories about the things that actually matter.


  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA