Preparing for their usual morning conference, three sales associates discover their supervisor, Zukasky, dead, with his feet up on his desk. All three of them are next in line for Zukasky's job. A.C. immediately begins to scheme; Anne is insecure; and Barry is all indecision and blithering. What's worse, their department head, Marlino, announces that Barry will, indeed, take over, leaving Anne stupefied and unacknowledged for her ten years of experience in the company. Bit by bit, A.C. begins to plant sly suggestions in his coworker's minds, embroiling them all in a feud that should leave him coming out on top. In a farcical climax, A.C. and Anne stage a break-in that inadvertently gets both she and Barry fired. The last scene of the play has A.C. in triumph, ascending to the managerial level, where it's clear this climber won't be satisfied for long.
This modern-day farce set in corporate America received its world premiere at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville "Strand has an undeniable facility with clever dialogue and slapstick situations…" —Dispatch Theater Critic. "THE DEATH OF ZUKASKY…is…Strand's broadly hilarious physical comedy about the changing of a corporate dynasty." —New Albany Tribune. "…lurking behind every farcical extravagance…is a glimpse of human frailty that brought groans of recognition as well as gales of laughter…" —Louisville Courier Journal.