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Theatre Oxford Presents ‘The Typists’ February 16

Theatre Oxford will present Murray Schisgal's classic play, The Typists, on February 16 at the Powerhouse. Photo courtesy of Theatre Oxford
Theatre Oxford will present Murray Schisgal’s classic play, The Typists, on February 16 at the Powerhouse.
Photo courtesy of Theatre Oxford

Theatre Oxford will present Murray Schisgal’s classic play, The Typists, in a one-act, one-time effort on Tuesday, February 16 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

This classic one-act play is a comedic look at the hopes, dreams and fears of two office workers who imagine a world outside the small confines of their desk jobs.

Murray Schisgal
Murray Schisgal

The Typists is a play centered around Paul Cunningham who reports for work addressing postcards for a mail-order house, he makes it clear to his fellow worker, Sylvia Payton, that his employment is strictly temporary.

Paul, a married man, is studying law at night, and with his uncle already in successful practice there is every hope that his future will be a promising one. Sylvia, the “supervisor” of the two-employee office, has a few dreams herself mostly of the romantic variety so often indulged in by not so young spinsters with widowed mothers to support.

Paul and Sylvia hit it off well, and as Paul’s “temporary” tenure stretches on from weeks to months to years they become involved in the shared experiences of close daily contact. And, within the short span of the play, they begin to age and grow gray. While they go on chattering of the important things that have happened to them and of the bright future that will be coming up any day, the futility of their existence becomes increasingly evident. And when they finally dodder off with friendly “good night” to their unseen employer, we have witnessed a cycle of life complete with the humor, sadness, self-delusion and reconciliation that underlie and infuse the human condition.

The Powerhouse serves as headquarters for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
The Powerhouse serves as headquarters for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council

For more information, visit the YAC website at www.oxfordarts.com.


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