UPDATE (25 March): At his Web site today, Mike Daisey offers several comments, including these:
It made me reflect upon how lucky I have been to call the theater my home all these years, the only place I can imagine this kind of discourse happening. It made me grateful for the great privilege it has been to be able to call myself a storyteller and to have audiences come and listen to what I have to say, to extend their trust to me. I am sorry I was careless with that trust. For this, I would like to apologize to my audiences.
And I would like to apologize to my colleagues in the theater, especially those who work in non-fiction and documentary fields. What you do is essential to our civic discourse. If I have made your path more difficult, or the truth of your work harder for audiences to discern, I am sorry.
I would also like to apologize to the journalists I gave interviews to in which I exaggerated my own experiences. In my drive to tell this story and have it be heard, I lost my grounding. Things came out of my mouth that just weren’t true, and over time, I couldn’t even hear the difference myself.
To human rights advocates and those who have been doing the hard work of bringing attention to these kinds of labor issues for years, if my failures have made your jobs harder, I apologize. If I had done my job properly, with the skills I have honed for years, I could have avoided this. Instead, I blinded myself, and lost sight of the people I wanted most to help.
His full comments are here.
On 22 March, the Public Theater hosted a panel discussion arranged and led by Time Out New York theatre reviewer Adam Feldman on the Daisey affair; participants were writer-director Steven Cosson of the Civilians, playwright-performers Jessica Blank and Taylor Mac, and critic-reporters Peter Marks (Washington Post) and Jason Zinoman (The New York Times). It is an excellent examination of many of the issues that arise from the affair, and comments from Ms. Blank, Mr. Zinoman, and the Public Theater’s artistic director Oskar Eustis are especially important. You can hear the full discussion by clicking on the play button below; the podcast also appears on the 2AMt site, where it was first published. (The demand for the recording is placing some heavy demands on the servers; patience may be required.)