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Drama Presents Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine

The New School for Drama presents Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, the first offering of its FIRST LOOK Workshop Performance Series.

The Adding Machine tells the story of Mr. Zero, a hapless cog, who after 25 years of spinning aimlessly in the corporate world, finds himself replaced by a machine. A dark comedy, the play is slightly nightmarish look at advancing technology and its effect on human relationships.

FIRST LOOK presents performances of classic and modern works staged in a final rehearsal atmosphere with minimal sets, lights, costumes, and props. This production features the second-year acting students and is directed by Drama faculty member Lou Jacob.

Jacob has directed new plays, musicals, classics, and adaptations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Productions include the world premiere of Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell, starring Tim Roth, Randy Quaid, J. Smith-Cameron and Frank Wood; Coyote on a Fence (two Drama Desk Award Nominations); Hard Times; Vilna’s Got a Golem; Courting Vampires; and Arrivals and Departures.

Performances will be held Thursday’Saturday, October 28’30, at 8:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m., at The New School for Drama Theater, 151 Bank Street, 3rd floor. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visiting

For more information, visit the Drama website.

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