Monday, July 16, 2012

The Adding Machine

So this is what I've been up to.  We open this weekend!  Come out and see it!  It is pretty badass.  Here's the official stuff from the official site!

The Expressionistic Masterpiece by Elmer Rice Comes to GTC Burbank!

(...featuring yours truly)

Fresh from the success of its Off-Broadway premiere of Eternal Equinox, Grove Theater Center returns home to Burbank to stage a classic 20th century theatrical masterpiece: Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, running July 21 - August 11 (special preview July 19, 20).

The Adding Machine is a darkly comic, expressionistic voyage through the life, execution, and rebirth of Mr. Zero, a low-level accountant whose life is forever altered when, after 35 years at the same company, he discovers he's being replaced by a mechanical adding machine.

The theme of being pushed aside in favor of a more economical machine to maximize profits is as relevant today as when Elmer Rice first wrote the play in 1923. Rice went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his 1929 play, Street Scene, which was later turned into an opera with music by Kurt Weill. The Adding Machine was made into a movie in 1969, and turned into a musical that premiered Off-Broadway in 2008.

The show is produced by the same GTC production team that created Eternal Equinox (premiered at GTC Burbank in 2009 and re-staged in an acclaimed Off-Broadway production at the 59e59 Theater earlier this year), Blake…da Musical! (Ovation Award for Best New Musical), and Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play).

The Adding Machine is directed by GTC’s Award-winning Artistic Director, Kevin Cochran, with set and costumes by three time Ovation Award nominee Leonard Ogden and lighting by David Darwin.

Two Broadway veterans head up the cast of The Adding Machine: David Allen Jones (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Mr. Zero, the hapless employee, and Jane Macfie (Long Days Journey Into Night, Ah Wilderness) as Daisy Diana Dorothea Devore, his co-worker and unrequited love interest. The stellar cast is rounded out with Karen Kalensky as Zero’s long insufferable wife, Mrs. Zero; Skip Pipo as the contrite matricidal murderer Shrdlu; Frank Simons as the other worldly Lt. Charles; Kate Danley as the cheerful prostitute; Joe Langer as the ominous Fixer; and David Ghilardi as the heartless boss.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.
Tickets are $25 ($20 senior and Burbank Resident; $15 student).
There are special preview performances on July 19 & 20 (all tickets $10). All preview performances are at 8 p.m.
All performances are at GTC Burbank, 1111-b West Olive Avenue.

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