This Is (Mostly) True, Mike Daisey, a 15-minute monologue by Mallery Avidon (with a little help from Tim Smith-Stewart) was filmed last night in a Seattle apartment, in front of a small audience. It has a little to do with the whole Shenzhen mess, plus the experience of working with Mike Daisey in a playwriting group.
But, like all good stories, it goes in many directions. Avidon tells her autobiographical story while Smith-Stewart stands behind her, "fact-checking" as she goes:
(In the monologue, there's a mention of a stage direction Avidon once wrote in one of her plays, describing the staff of The Stranger, which she says was "mean" to the staff of The Stranger. I happened to be there for the filming last night and asked her to read the "mean" stage direction. She did. It wasn't actually that mean. Also, I hope some of you enjoy the tiny Gertrude Stein-repetition joke. It's a little obscure, but a sweet little gem if you look for it.)