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The Orient Express (Or, the Value of Failure)

Mike Daisey


The Orient Express (Or, the Value of Failure)

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

A Workshop Presentation of a Work in Progress

To escape scandal, Mike Daisey impulsively decides to recreate the Orient Express by traveling from London to Istanbul by rail. From an English village out of time to the glorious minarets of Istanbul, from the ghosts of the Berlin Wall to the broken statues and secret police of Budapest's recent past, Daisey draws out the hidden heart of failure, and how stories, myths, lies, and legends are the way we tell ourselves who we are. From the end of communism to the triumph of corporatism, Daisey walks the borderlands of fact and fiction, wrestling with what failure can teach him, and us, on the long, strange road East.

This performance is free and open to the public.