Releases @ TCC
PRESENTS THE ADDING MACHINE APRIL 6-16
Classic comedy by Elmer Rice to be held at Chesapeake Studio
|The Boss, played by Matt Cole, (left), harasses Mr. Zero,
acted by Ed Palmer, in a scene from The Adding Machine.
||Mrs. Zero, played by Ashley Cavasos, adds to the burdensome
life of Mr. Zero, played by Ed Palmer, in a scene from The
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. –
(March 24, 2005) – Tidewater Community College’s theatre
department presents the American classic, expressionistic comedy,
The Adding Machine, April 6-16 in the
studio theatre of the Chesapeake Campus, 1428 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake.
Written by Elmer Rice in 1923, the play chronicles the life of a
character named Zero who discovers that after 25 years on the job
he will be replaced by an adding machine.Zero murders his boss with
a billing file, and his subsequent trial and execution are just
the beginning of the story. He ventures into the afterlife, and
after encountering other dead souls, in a grave yard, he finds himself
in the Elysian Fields where he is reunited with his former co-worker,
Daisy Diana Dorothea Devore. Zero falls in love but is unable to
handle the “free life” and decides to leave possible
happiness behind. Later Zero finds himself in some kind of a cosmic
office where he learns some unpleasant truths about himself and
gets the disconcerting news that he must return to earth to do it
all over again.
The play is written in a non-realistic style known as expressionism
that focuses on the psychological truth without regard to limitations
of physical reality. Actions, characters, and locations may at times
seem very strange to an audience expecting a conventional play.
Above all, The Adding Machine is a thought-provoking play that will
surely have audience members re-evaluating their short stays on
The production involves 28 TCC theatre students and is directed
by theatre department chair Edwin Jacob. Technical director and
designer Matthew Gorris oversees the technical aspects of the production.
For tickets and reservations, call 822-5219; student and senior
tickets run $5; adult tickets $8; seating is limited.
The Adding Machine
April 6-9 at 8 p.m.
April 10 at 2 p.m.
April 13-16 at 8 p.m.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. The 37th
largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC
ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded
in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the
college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne
and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district
in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four
percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university
in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,