A satire of the corporate world combining Marx Brothers-style humor and corporate accounting principles with a Kafka-esque quandary. This story has been performed with a band and a humorous slide show several times in the Philadelphia area.
Section 1: Welcome to the Ajax Corporation, Shorty
Section 2: This Does Not Bode Well
Section 3: Down, Down, Down Into the Cold, Dark, Lonely Basement
Section 4: A Rapid and Tumultuous Turn of Events
Photography and scratchboard by Karl Richeson
|When he started
a six-month contract with the Ajax Corporation, Lloyd (aka Shorty)
had no idea that his destiny awaited him in the basement of the Ajax Building.
Think of Mike Walshs
Man in the Basement as a free-flowing riff lamenting corporate
culture or an absurdist comedy of manners: whichever you choose, youll
find something to grab onto...Walshs telling is bone-dry and as
a squonky backup band needles him along, his assessment of the corporate
world grows increasingly acid and, as fate would have it, true.
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