The Raise

Thomas Zipp

OVERVIEW

In The Raise an algorithm as plot device displays a distraught and befuddled employee asking for a raise. A play by Georges Perec filled with pathos and humor.

ticket price

Free

RUN TIME

55 mins

VENUE & STAGE

Hermit Club

Patio

SHOW TIMES

7/25 @ 6:30pm
7/26 @ 8:00pm
7/27 @ 5:00pm

DETAILS

TYPE OF SHOW

Local

Recommended For

Ages 14+

GENRE(S)

Scripted Play

1246x1289. white

SYNOPSIS

In The Raise or - how to optimize the chances of your boss granting an increase of salary regardless of the sanitary, psychologic, climatic, and economic conditions or any other circumstance - the French author Georges Perec deploys an algorithm to demonstrate an employee’s efforts to seek an increase in salary.

The 2023 Turing Award winner Avi Widgerson has stated that “for every problem that we face and try to solve, we can’t rule out that it has an algorithm that can solve it.” Indeed, that is a bit of hubris, as this algorithm turns out to reveal a Kafkaesque maze. Three persons are involved: the employee, his boss, and the secretary. But you won’t see these three onstage! Instead, six nodes of the algorithm execute the plot: the proposition, the alternative, the positive hypothesis, the negative hypothesis, the choice, and the conclusion.

Perec also portrays a searing vision of capitalism and the corporate world. The employee is snubbed, exploited, and deceived by the managers and bureaucrats while he vainly tries to secure a raise. Perec has remarked (ironically for sure) that “All systems tend more or less toward terrorism and anything that doesn’t recognize the values of that system is in error.”

Agit-prop, parable, fable, allegory or farce? There is a little bit of each in this play filled with humor and pathos—reminiscent of Brecht, Beckett and Lewis Carroll

This is the North American premiere and is produced and translated by Thomas Zipp.

Written by Georges Perec, translated by Thomas Zipp

Thomas Zipp

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