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See The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs in the spring? Have a little table envy watching Mike Daisey tell stories from behind that impressive slab of glass? Well, a piece of theater magic can be yours….
A message from our Properties Director, Jolene:
“I am often asked what we do with props after the production is over. My response is ‘We keep it if we can reuse it’ –which we do with most things’ – but not this time. We want to sell the table we bought from Design Within Reach for last season’s production of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. We don’t use glass tables very often and we do not have the ability to resize it. We are therefore offering to sell it for $500. Below you will find information on the table with dimensions. If you are interested please contact me, Jolene, at the Rep.”
A few months ago I witnessed first-hand (and for the first time) an example of true “Geek” ritual. My living room was playing host to a weekly Friday night table-top game called Exalted. It had been going on for months with the same players, characters, and story line. As the players settled in, they started to unload a true feast of essential munchies for the night: Mountain Dew, Doritos, Fig Newtons, Pop Tarts, and bags of candy. With the amount of sugar and caffeine that was in that room, this game had the potential to last days!
I am very thankful to have gotten this taste of Geekdom because recently at work I was tasked with putting together an Ultimate Geek Giveaway Basket—valued at $500!—for our contest in conjunction with The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. I knew immediately that this basket had to contain the essential snacks. I then took my first virtual shopping trip to ThinkGeek.com. I know I’m late to the party by saying this, but that is such a fun website. So many great games and t-shirts and caffeinated edibles. (And may I give a quick shout out to their customer service? I was so impressed.)
Anyway, I found a ton of stuff on ThinkGeek, and with my remaining budget, I decided to get some gift cards so that if I missed any extremely important Geek items, the winner can go pick those up.
So here is a list of what our Ultimate Geek Giveaway basket contains. Remember to enter here to win, and make sure to catch Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs before it closes on May 22.
$100 Best Buy gift card
$100 Game Works gift card
$100 ThinkGeek.com gift card
$50 Amazon.com gift card
Electronic Guitar T-shirt
Megaminx Duodecahedron Puzzle
Star Trek Monopoly
Multi-Color LED Flashlight
Time Release Caffeine Capsules
The Stranger asked for Mike Daisey’s thoughts on preparing for opening night. Interesting stuff:
“Iam in my dressing room at the Rep. I have just taken a very long walkaround Seattle Center in the rain—I’m cold and wet, but I’m not noticingit in the tumult of this evening. I’ve been revising my notes, locking down a number ofmajor changes I made over the last two previews, walking through myflight plan for the evening, checking my notes again. As soon as Ifinish this email I will make my final preparations and then go sit on the stage in the dark for a time, which I like to do whenI can before important nights, because it helps me orient to the room’stone and timbre.”
Here at the Rep we lead by example. In preparation for Steve Jobs Look-alike Day April 26 some of our staff stepped in to demonstrate how easy it is to Jobify.
Folks from all over the building put on their best black turtlenecks and rimless glasses. Now, it’s important to realize this isn’t just about looks. This is about ATTITUDE. A black turtleneck does not a superstar make. You need that something extra.
I rounded up the Jobiest in the Rep Green Room for a few group shots.
The runaway winner is seen here below. He’s gonna be a hard act to follow, so start practicing your Jobs attitude at home in the mirror. (The best Steve Jobs look-alikes to show up for The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs on Tuesday, April 26, get a free Appletini at our bar).
PS: Everyone looks good in black.
People, Seattle Rep is about to get its ‘geek on’ in a serious way. Throughout the run of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Seattle Rep will play host to our very own Apple Museum in the Rotunda. Of the 27 people (!!!) that responded to our previous wish list, we’ve been lucky enough to work with 9 Mac-All Stars who will help us deck out the place in Apple gear. You’ll get to see press releases, old posters, price lists, and ad reprints on top of a slew of “antique” computers. Take a look at the line up and tell us what you think!
-Mac Color Classic
-1st Generation Bondi Blue iMac
-Powerbook G3 Pismo
-Original Disk II Drives
-And you know, just an Apple II signed by none other than Steve “The Woz” Wozniak. No big deal.
Got an old iMac hanging around? How about a Mac SE (maybe with Oregon Trail still installed)? For the run of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (April 22-May 22, 2011), we’re installing an “Apple Museum” of old Apple computers and accessories in our lobby. Loan us your old gear, and you’ll get free tickets to the production along with your picture hanging proudly next to your relic.
Below is our wish list of Apple gear we’d love to find. If you have something you’d like to loan, e-mail email@example.com.
An Apple II (1977-1993)
Extra credit for the IIe and IIc, which Mike Daisey mentions in the show.
An Apple III (1980-1984)
A Lisa, or as it became rebranded: Macintosh XL (1983-1986)
A Mac (1984) or Mac SE/30 (1987-1990)…or both!
A 1989 Macintosh Portable, Apple’s first attempt at a portable computer (it weighed 16 lbs)
A Powerbook from the 100 series, Apple’s first real laptop (1991-1994)
A Macintosh Quadra (1991-1994)
A Newton MessagePad (1993-1998)
A QuickTake, the first Apple camera (1994-1997)
A 1997 20th Anniversary Mac (would have been $10,000 if you bought it new!)
An iMac G3 (1998-2003)
An Apple flat panel (1998-2002)
A Power Mac G4 Cube (2000-2001)
A Powerbook G4 (2001-2006)
NeXt workstation (1990-1992)
Monologist Mike Daisey’s new piece, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (which we workshopped in August and will present in April) will still have its official opening tomorrow night at Berkeley Rep, despite Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ announcement on Monday of an intended medical leave. In the last six years, Jobs has survived pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant.
Mike’s monologue follows a trail of Apple technology all the way to China, asking some hard-hitting and—in typical Daisey fashion—hilarious questions about the big-picture price we pay for our iPhones, Pods, and the rest. But he also asks the question of how one obsessive man (Jobs) has changed the world to his liking.
Mike posted a blog yesterday, and said, “We stand at a crossroads, and it is my sincere belief that this story, capturing both his genius and his stubbornness, his brilliance and his ridiculousness, can help turn our attention to how the tech industry can grow up and begin to take responsibility for its decisions. Now is the best moment for us to look deeply and actually begin to see there’s something more significant than the next iPhone’s release, the next keynote presentation. Now is the moment to start waking up.”
The beauty of Mike’s style of theater is that it changes nightly (he works from an outline, but delivers his monologues extemporaneously). So, any updates on Jobs can be factored in. As far as we know, he’ll still be giving out Jobs’ e-mail address and encouraging audience members to send him messages. Our latest update from Mike and his director Jean-Michele Gregory last month said that Jobs had provided a few curt replies.
Since the workshop here in August, Mike and Jean-Michele had five performances of the piece in five very different cities in India, then Vancouver B.C. with the folks from PuSh, and then Portland, Oregon, with the T:BA Festival. Jean-Michele told us “Our time in India was especially informative *and* formative because the audiences there understood the situation in China far better than American audiences do. From their intelligent response and reactions, Mike and I both came away understanding the global significance of this story in a deeper way than we’d ever anticipated.”