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Play About Steve Jobs to Open Public Theater Season

By Della Hasselle | April 27, 2011 5:40pm | Updated on April 27, 2011 5:39pm
Steve Jobs is the subject of a new play at Public Theater, opening Oct. 11.
Steve Jobs is the subject of a new play at Public Theater, opening Oct. 11.
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By Della Hasselle

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — A new play about Apple's CEO Steve Jobs will open at Greenwich Village's Public Theater for their new season this year, the company announced on their website Tuesday.

Created and performed by Mike Daisey, "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" both shows the CEO's obsessive nature and reveals the cost of America's consumerism, according to the Public Theater website.

The play, which runs from Oct. 11 to Nov. 13, is a "hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design" that "shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them," the site said.

Jobs isn't the only New York icon to appear onstage during the 2011-2010 season of the Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette St. "Law and Order" star Sam Waterston will transform from a modern district attorney to a tortured pre-Roman monarch in the theater's production of "King Lear," set to take the stage this year from Oct. 18 to Nov. 20.

Waterston captured the hearts and minds of New Yorkers during his 16-season run with the show, which was the longest-running prime-time drama on network television and was cancelled last year after it's 20th season.

Although New Yorkers may be devastated by the show's cancellation, Waterson promises not to disappoint on the main stage, a review on the site boasted.

Other productions in store for next season include "Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good)," "The Twenty-Seventh Man" directed by Barry Edelstein, "February House" directed by Davis McCallum and the Leigh Silverman-directed "Chinglish."

The Public Theater's full 2011 to 2010 schedule can be found here.