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‘Overtime: Men at Work’ is an unnerving office adventure of three hapless pencil pushers

Three desperate desk workers struggle to meet the demands of the office space rat race. Can they climb the corporate ladder, or will they lose their footing and slip, rung by rung, to the depths of depravity? As they navigate their way through monotonous workdays, these uninspired everymen are confronted with stark questions about their goals, motivations, scruples, and camaraderie.

Overtime: Men at Work explores issues relating to workplace gender roles and capitalist exploitation, and themes of thwarted ambition, individuality, disillusionment, and the American Dream-turned-nightmare. It’s a surrealistic romp with familiar iconography, quirky comedy, and the troubling undercurrent of struggles facing the typical working stiff.

Directed by Metropolitan State University faculty member Jonathan Beller, Overtime: Men at Workis a corporate rollercoaster ride through the typical office cubicle, where every looming deadline seems to come quicker than the one before. 

Performances will be at 7 p.m., April 5, 10-13, with a 1 p.m. matinee April 6, at the Whitney Fine Arts Center Theater on the Minneapolis College Campus, 1424 Yale Place on Loring Park. Admission is free. Audiences are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food shelf.

Parking is available in the Hennepin Avenue ramp and persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or e-mail more information

Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.