News : The Story Behind our Mobile Devices: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs'

Jun 19, 2012

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

Consumers enamored with technology may think little beyond the convenience, versatility and wonder that is their iPhone. But the back story to how poorly paid and poorly treated workers manufacture these gadgets should give cell phone users pause: The workers pay a steep price for our convenience, one that we don’t necessarily register — until now.

A play debuting in Portsmouth casts a critical, insightful and often funny light on how these devices are produced, and in a larger sense explores what desiring these marvels of modern technology say about us – a high-tech assessment of the human condition, if you will.

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” will be performed from June 15 to 30 at the Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St. World famous monologist Mike Daisey wrote the play, detailing what he heard talking to Chinese workers and what he saw visiting Chinese factories, including the now-infamous Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, where Apple products are made. Actor Brent Askari plays the role of Daisey.

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