PlayMakers Repertory Company is starting the new year off with a bang. Its first performance of 2014 is the world premier of Mike Daisey’s one-man show, “The Story of the Gun” as part of the PRC2 series.
The PRC2 series is a special part of PlayMakers’ season that has a post-show discussion with the audience and the performers.
Jeffrey Meanza, PlayMakers’s associate artistic director who coordinates the PRC2 series, said that Daisey’s strong opinions, storytelling and provocative nature would bring out some interesting conversations about gun control in the U.S.
“He is someone who is going to bring a perspective to the conversation about guns that isn’t leaning one way or the other but really challenging both sides of the story,” he said.
Shows for the series are selected based on their ability to start a dialogue with the community, said Joseph Haj, PlayMakers’s producing artistic director.
“We try to choose work for that series that’s worthy of an in-depth conversation, so PRC2 is kind of the ideal platform for this,” Haj said.
He commissioned Daisey to do the piece about a year ago, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., which raised the issue of gun control nationwide.
“I started thinking, ‘we should be discussing this in the theater; we should have a place where we can explore this question’,” Haj said.
Daisey, who utilizes monologue-style storytelling, was trained in traditional theater but found that it felt dead to him.