Another index of how theater is disproportionately on my brain: When Gary Coleman died, the first thing I thought of was Avenue Q. And when I heard that Steve Jobs died yesterday, the second thing I thought of, after an involuntary shudder of shock, was Mike Daisey, whose monologue The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is currently at the Public. I went to Mike's blog last night and found simply this:
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked." —Steve JobsThat's genuinely classy, but Daisey won't be able to leave it at that, of course. Given that he doesn't work from a script but changes his text on the spot every night, the next few weeks of performance should be particularly interesting.