The Adding Machine
by Elmer Rice
Directed by Jerry Rapier
February 3-12, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Matinees on February 11 & 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Student Previews February 1 & 2
Have you ever been passed over for a promotion, or gone years without a raise? Ever felt like murdering your boss? Then meet Mr. Zero, a neurotic, number crunching accountant who goes to work every day at a monotonous and wearisome job where he’s exploited. At home, his unsympathetic wife constantly nags him. When the company he’s faithfully worked at for the past twenty-five years informs him that, instead of giving him a promotion, they’ll be giving him the boot and replacing him with a machine, Mr. Zero goes berserk and kills his boss without remorse. Mr. Zero is convicted and hanged for his crime, but in the afterlife is presented with freedom of choice and opportunities unlike anything he’s experienced. Will he improve his existence, or will fear hold him back, stuck in a rut, doomed to repeat his decisions ad infinitum? Mr. Zero’s story will give you a new perspective on your job, your life, and what it means to be human.