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Otterbein Theatre presents “Adding Machine: A Musical”

Otterbein Theatre presents “Adding Machine: A Musical”


Otterbein Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music will present “Adding Machine: A Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Oct 19, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 20, and Saturday, Oct 21, and 8 p.m. Oct 27 and 28 in the Otterbein University Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St. in Westerville. Tickets cost $30. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open from 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S Grove St., Westerville.

Winner of the 2008 Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Adding Machine: A Musical was lauded as “CRITICS PICK! A brilliant musical! A superb libretto by Loewith and Schimidt and music that gets under your skin and stays there” by the New York Times. In this darkly comic and heartbreakingly beautiful musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's incendiary 1923 play, Mr. Zero, after 25 years of service to his company, is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. An eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to this stylish and stylized show, which follows Zero in his journey to the afterlife in the Elysian Fields where he is met with one last chance for romance and redemption.

Adding Machine is a sensationally striking contemporary musical--certainly one of the most exciting to have been written in the last 20 years,” according to Director Lenny Leibowitz. “It's extraordinarily potent material - audaciously experimental, musically hypnotic, scathingly funny, noirishly macabre, philosophical, romantic, stinging and ultimately quite touching.”

Having seen the production when it premiered Off-Broadway in New York, Leibowitz said he loved how the show holds a mirror, simultaneously critical and sympathetic, to us all. As we watch Mr. Zero struggle between serving the machine and saving his soul, we are forced to ask hard questions about our own lives. The score has been called a knockout, an intentionally strange but wondrous mixture of American songbook tunefulness, disorienting dissonances and operatic lushness.

“The show has a gut-level impact but it also gets into your head,” Leibowitz said.

Otterbein Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music presents:
Adding Machine: A Musical
Composed by Joshua Schmidt
Libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt
Based on the play The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice

October 19-21, October 27-28
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St.

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lenny Leibowitz
Musical Director: Lori Kay Harvey
Scenic Designer: Dan Gray
Costume Designer: Julia Ferreri
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Sound Designer: Ethan Brown

CAST LIST
Mr. Zero....................................................................................... J.T. Wood
Mrs. Zero........................................................................... Lottie Prenevost
Daisy Dorothea Devore.......................................................... Payton Tevis
Shrdlu............................................................................ Kenneth Remaklus
The Boss................................................................................ Trey Plutnicki
Mr. One/ Prisoner................................................................ Reuben Reese
Mrs. One/ Mae/ Prisoner’s Wife........................................... Noël Isaacson
Mr. Two/ Prison Guard....................................................... Jack Labrecque
Mrs. Two/ Betty/ Matron........................................................ Leah Windahl
Ensemble.. Kevin Buckley, Cameron Chang, Emma Shine, Ceci Trippiedi

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Opening Night Performance (includes post-performance reception):
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St., Westerville
Friday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre
Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre      
Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre
Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre

Tickets: $30