The Adding Machine
by Elmer Rice
Full Length Play, Drama / 14m, 9f
A landmark of American Expressionism, Elmer Rice's 1923 play takes us through the murder, trial, execution, and journey to the afterlife and back of Mr. Zero, an accountant who is replaced by a machine.
- From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Elmer Rice.
"Elmer Rice's 1923 expressionist satire seems abrasively modern in its attack on the dehumanising effect of industrial capitalism [...] Rice's play has left its impact on a wide variety of works, from Chaplin's Modern Times to Tony Kushner's Angels in America. But what is striking is the bilious inclusiveness of its attack on a machine-driven society that not only exploits its workers, but robs them of their souls." - The Guardian
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The offices of a large faceless company.
The house of Mr. & Mrs. Zero.
The Elysian Fields.
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
Allows for some characters to be doubled.