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1920s View of the Future Featured in
'The Adding Machine' at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 29, 2006

'The Adding Machine' imageEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department's production of "The Adding Machine," by Elmer Rice, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Kjer Theatre. Additional performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and 18-21, with a 1:30 p.m. matinee performance scheduled for Oct. 22.

"The Adding Machine" tells the story of Mr. Zero, an anti-hero caught in a dehumanizing technological world. Mr. Zero learns that he is being replaced by an adding machine. In response, Mr. Zero kills his boss and embarks on an expressionistic journey through life and after-life. The play, written in the 1920s, deals with contemporary issues of the 21st century, including racism, technology, job outsourcing, celebrity, cultural debasement and hypocritical moral standards.

Senior Michael Evano, Minneapolis, is cast in the lead role of Mr. Zero, with sophomore Brittany Gusho, Milwaukee, as Mrs. Zero. Sophomore Ryan McDaniel, Oregon, and senior Tera Kaminski, Waupaca, will play Mr. and Mrs. One. Junior Joshua Lang, Milwaukee, and sophomore Sheena Thompson, River Falls, were cast as Mr. and Mrs. Two. Freshman Amanda Bulger, Cecil, is cast as Mrs. Three and the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Four will be played by senior David Grossman, St. Paul, and freshman Jaclyn Green, South Milwaukee. Junior Shane Chandler, Menomonie, is cast as Mr. Five, and sophomore Edward Neve, DeForest, along with freshman Charlene Lucht, Greenville, will play Mr. and Mrs. Six. The cast also includes sophomore Christian Krueger, Rochester, Minn., as Shrdlu; senior Aaron Loy, Rosemount, Minn., as Joe; sophomore Joshua Ingersoll, Eau Claire, as Young Man; senior Abbie Williams, Roberts, in the role of Daisy Diana Dorthea Devore; freshman Paul Larson, Chippewa Falls, as the policeman; and senior Lara Goetsch, Minneapolis, as Judy O'Grady.

The Adding Machine is directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theater arts. The design team also includes Kevin Gawley as designer of lighting and set, costuming by Heidi O'Hare and sound design by Nimke and Art Gulig.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public; $7 for those 62 and older; $6 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for students with a university ID.

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