Press Release

Daisey brings “The Last Cargo Cult” to PlayMakers

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Interweaving the poignant tale of the islanders’ cult religion created in abandoned World War II military bases with a penetrating examination of today’s global financial crisis, he creates an unforgettable evening of storytelling. “The Last Cargo Cult” is part adventure story, part memoir, and an unforgettable exploration of how money makes the world go round.

The show opens the theater’s PRC2 second stage season. This is the third season for PlayMakers’ smash hit PRC2 series, where each presentation combines an exhilarating, topical production coupled with engaging post-show discussions with the creative artists.

Daisey will perform at 8 p.m. nightly Sept. 16-20 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Tickets are $24 to $32 and may be purchased at or by calling (919) 962-PLAY (7529).

Mike Daisey is “the master storyteller…one of the finest solo performers of his generation,” raved The New York Times. “A mesmerizing performer who spins words into comic and emotional gold,” agreed The Oakland Tribune.

“The Last Cargo Cult” has already played to sold-out houses as Daisey kicked off a national tour in Portland, Ore., and Seattle in early August. “On Portland” called Daisey “one of the preeminent monologists alive today, saying “Cult” is “extraordinarily enjoyable, insightful and hilarious,” and recommends “If Mike Daisey finds his way into a city you’re in, you should jump on the opportunity to see him.”
Rounding out the new PRC2 line-up will be “The Big Bang” by hip-hop troupe Universes (Jan. 13-17) and Sonja Linden’s “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda” (March 24-28).
PlayMakers’ mainstage season will open with the regional premiere of “Opus” Sept. 23 to Oct. 11. Visit PlayMakers’s website or call the box office for information and tickets for all shows.
Based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, PlayMakers is the Carolinas’ premiere resident professional theatre company. New York’s Drama League named PlayMakers one of the “best regional theatres in America.” Support for PlayMakers’ PRC2 series comes from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

PlayMakers contact: Connie Mahan, (919) 428-1744,