76 years after it was first produced, the Expressionist classic, The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice will be produced at the Heliotrope Theatre in L.A., beginning July 29.
Presented by the Sacred Fools Theatre Co., the play tells of the tragic after-effects of the Industrial Revolution. It was the first notable American drama produced by the renowned Theatre Guild in 1923.
In Machine, when the accountant, Mr. Zero is dismissed because he's being replaced by an adding machine -- he goes berserk, kills his employer, is tried, condemned and executed. The later scenes of the play take place in the afterlife, where instead of choosing the Elysian Fields, he goes to operate a gigantic adding machine. Zero proves so incompetent at this profession, he is sent back to earth to begin the whole cycle of life again.
Craig Mathers portrays Mr. Zero. The cast also includes Haynes Brooke, M.E. Dunn, Stan Freitag, Joe Gold, Jeff Goldman, Timbre Henning, Amy Jopnes, Casey Klemow, Diana Kyle, Mark T.J. Lifrieri, Jesse Marion, Scott McShane, Pogo Saito, Al Vicente and Jennifer Wu. Lauren Hollingworth, one of the company's artistic directors, will helm the production.
For tickets and information call (310) 281-8337 or visit www.SacredFools.org. -- By Sean McGrath