The Adding Machine Indivisible

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
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May 2012

Adapted and directed by Eric Rose – based on the 1923 play by Elmer Rice

The story takes us through Mr. Zero’s trial, execution, excursion and arrest going into the afterlife. During this episodic journey Mr. Zero is surprisingly oblivious to his deepest needs, wants and desires. Mr. Zero is an accountant at a large, faceless company. After 25 years at his job, he discovers that he will be replaced by an adding machine. In anger and pain, he snaps and kills his boss. Mr. Zero is then tried for murder, is found guilty and hanged. He wakes up in a heaven-like setting known as the “Elysian Fields.” Mr. Zero meets a man named Shrdlu, then begins to operate an adding machine until Lieutenant Charles, the boss of the Elysian Fields, comes to tell Zero that he is a waste of space and his soul is going to be sent back to the earth to be reused.

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