Written in 1923, The Adding Machine, with its themes of American business and quiet lives of desperation, is not only considered to be the first piece of expressionistic theater in the United States,
but is also a surprisingly up-to-the-minute attack on the dehumanizing effect technology has on modern society.
This serio-comic tale follows the exploits of Mr. Zero, a hard working, psuedo-Everyman as he toils through his rather inconsequential existence only to discover that after years of soul-rending dedication to his job, he'll soon be replaced by a machine. Mr. Zero does not take this news lightly and his choices will soon send him on a path discovering the true nature of his existence.