Adding Machine: A Musical

Musical

Writers: Jason Loewith Joshua Schmidt Elmer Rice

Overview

Show Information

Based On Book By
Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Adding Machine, a play by Elmer Rice
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
2007
Genres
Drama
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
1920s city and afterlife
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
None
Licensor
Ideal for
Chamber Opera, College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, Regional Theatre, Small Cast, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult characters

Synopsis

In Adding Machine, Mr. Zero, a middle-aged accountant, is “let go” from his job after twenty-five years; he will be replaced by an adding machine. Facing a mundane and repetitious life with a shallow wife and a strained relationship with his female assistant, he murders his boss and finds himself facing execution. In the afterlife, Zero and his assistant find the romance they could never have in life, but Zero cannot reconcile his newfound happiness with his sense of justice and his new identity as murderer. In death, Zero discovers his true nature, the history of his soul, and has one final chance to find redemption. A nearly-operatic abstract score further conveys the expressionist nature of this deeply philosophical and dark commentary on the meaning of life.

Lead Characters