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Mike Daisey - The Last Cargo Cult

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Published on Mar 10, 2010

Excerpts from Mike Daisey's monologue "The Last Cargo Cult" Off-Broadway at the Public Theater, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory. Groundbreaking monologist Mike Daisey returns with the story of his journey to a remote South Pacific island whose people worship America and its cargo. This narrative is woven against a searing examination of the international financial crisis that gripped the globe at the same moment. Confronting the financial system that dominates our world, Daisey wrestles with the largest questions of what the collapse means, and what it can tell us about our deepest values. Part adventure story and part memoir, he explores each culture to unearth a human truth between the seemingly primitive and achingly modern.

"UTTERLY FASCINATING. The banking system has finally met its match." WASHINGTON POST

"Perfectly balances humor and genuine angeran incredibly ballsy and humble indictment of the banking system, American materialism and the audience."
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"One of the elite performers of the American theater." NEW YORK TIMES

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