From the press release:
In Monopoly! Mike Daisey explores the warped genius of inventor Nikola Tesla and his war with Thomas Edison over electricity–alternating current versus direct current–a battle that etched itself into the streets of New York City itself. This thread loops and whorls around Microsoft’s historic antitrust lawsuit, the checkered history of the game Monopoly, and ultimately the story of Daiseys own hometown and its one remaining retailer: Wal-Mart. As subversive as it is hilarious, Monopoly! brings to life the questions we confront under corporate rule, and explores the choices and struggles individuals face living in a system that recognizes only profit and loss.
Les Freres Corbusier will present Monopoly!, a new monologue created and performed by Mike Daisey, the creator/performer of the hit show, 21 Dog Years. Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, Monopoly! will play for five nights onlyFriday, February 18; Saturday, February 19; Friday, February 25; Saturday, February 26; and Friday, March 4. All performances will be at 10:30pm at the Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome Streets. Tickets are $10 and available through Smarttix, www.smarttix.com or 212-868-4444.
Monopoly! will be performed in repertory with Les Freres Corbusiers latest show Boozy: The Life, Death and Subsequent Vilification of Le Corbusier and, More Importantly, Robert Moses. . Together these two shows make an unforgettable evening dissecting and rearranging two vital and enigmatic historical figures in New York Citys larger-than-life history.