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Update: Mike Daisey issues new apology, joins Woolly Mammoth public forum

Mike Daisey performing 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs' at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre last year. (Astrid Riecken/ For the Washington Post)

Mike Daisey has issued a new-and-improved apology for fabricating parts of his hit theatrical monologue about Apple’s Chinese factory workers.

“I failed to honor the contract I’d established with my audiences,” the storyteller wrote on his blog Sunday. “I not only violated their trust, I also made worse art.” In his latest comments, Daisey dropped the self-justifying that marked his earlier reaction to the controversy over his “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” (At Georgetown last week, he insisted that “the essential idea is true.”) He apologized to other monologists and labor activists, and to journalists for exaggerating what he’d seen in China: “In my drive to tell this story and have it be heard, I lost my grounding.”

Final word on the topic? Probably not. D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre, which has championed his work since he debuted “Steve Jobs” there in 2010 and plans to restage it this summer, announced Monday that Daisey will join its directors for a “public forum” 7 p.m., Tuesday, to discuss the controversy.

UPDATE: Mike Daisey at Woolly Mammoth; little applause, little resolution, more contrition, 3/28/12

Read also: Mike Daisey, still talking: Controversial storyteller apologizes, defends himself, in Georgetown, 3/19/12

Mike Daisey tells Georgetown of his Apple story: ‘The essential idea is true,’ 3/19/12

This American Life’cites ‘fabrications; in documentary on Apple suppliers, 3/16/12.



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