Following Friday's This American Life debacle -- in which the popular public radio program was forced to retract a segment called "Mike Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory" after it came to light that the reporter/narrator had falsified several key details -- New York's The Public Theater was left with a very messy situation. They had, after all, produced and hosted Daisey's one-man show on the topic, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, which his recent media blitz was meant to promote.
Rather than cancel the show outright, the AP reports, the theater has chosen to continue with scheduled performances of the monologue, but that Daisey has "eliminated anything he doesn't feel he can stand behind," in the words of Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis. There has also been a prologue added to the beginning of the performance which "addresses the questions raised by critics." All changes were made by Daisey alone.
In a statement posted to the theater's website, Eustis insisted The Public is not in the business of hard journalism, nor is Daisey, who he characterized as "a great storyteller, not a journalist."
In this work, Mike uses a story to frame and lead debate about an important issue in a deeply compelling way. He has illuminated how our actions affect people half-a-world away and, in doing so, has spurred action to address a troubling situation. This is a powerful work of art and exactly the kind of storytelling that The Public Theater has supported, and will continue to support in the future.