Are you defined by your day job? That’s the question asked in Adam Bock’s thought-provoking play “The Typographer’s Dream,” coming to the Vivian Davis Michael Laboratory Theatre at the Creative Arts Center, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.

A production of the LAB Theatre Program in the School of Theatre and Dance at West Virginia University, the play begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. All performances are free and open to the public.

The play is set in the style of an informal panel discussion, in which a stenographer, geographer and typographer speak to the audience about the importance of their given professions. Soon, however, their enthusiasm for their careers turns into soul-searching questioning and very pointed belittling of their fellow presenters.

Professor Jim Knipple, visiting resident artist in the School of Theatre and Dance, is the director of the LAB Theatre Program and has brought some fresh ideas to the table about how students can be involved in creating their own theater, providing even more creative opportunities at WVU.

“I can’t think of a better show to open our 2014-2015 LAB Theatre season,” said Knipple. “I’ve wanted to see this script on stage for years, so I’m especially excited about it. It’s not your normal run-of-the-mill play. It’s quirky, fun, and a little off putting—everything we’re looking for!”

“The Typographer’s Dream” is directed by BFA Acting sophomore Susanna Morris and co-directed by third-year MFA Acting student Landon Green.

“I believe that everyone will find something to relate to in this play,” said Morris. “We see people like these characters every day walking down the street and don’t even realize it, and I’m sure we’ve all had jobs that might not have worked out the way that we wanted. This play is about everyday people and we can all relate emotionally to the things these characters say and do.”

Actors performing in “The Typographer’s Dream” include Theatre students Megan Peters as Margaret, Amber Gonzalez as Annalise and Jason Lee as Dave.

Admission is free for “The Typographer’s Dream,” but seating is limited. Attendance forms for classes will be available after the show.

For more information on this LAB Theatre production, please visit, call 304-293-2020, or email



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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