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Organic Theater Company stages ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ March 22-25 at North Central

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Chicago’s Organic Theater Company presents five performances of Herman Melville’s classic tale “Bartleby the Scrivener” March 22-25 at North Central College.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 22, 23 and 24 and at 2 p.m. March 24 and 25 in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $30/adults and $20/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

“I would prefer not to, he said, and gently disappeared.” With these five words, a lowly clerk named Bartleby brings chaos into an orderly office. Cherished by readers worldwide, Melville’s 19th century novella “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” has inspired three films, a one-act opera, a radio show, several novels and one of Organic Theater Company’s favorite productions.

The story has less to do with finance or legal matters and everything to do with taking things for granted. When the meekest of clerks in an irrelevant legal office suddenly decides not to perform a simple task he had been ordered to accomplish, the world of his boss is turned upside down.

At a loss for the appropriate action, Bartleby’s proper manager embarks on a journey that surprises him as much as it does the unlikely rebel. Those who are familiar with this beloved saga are in for an unexpected ride, with Organic’s critically acclaimed troupe leading the way.

Organic Theater Company is the second-oldest theater company in Chicago and is known for fostering new talent and shaping the personality of the city’s theater scene. The company’s unique approach to theater utilizes a permanent group of artists over a sustained period and presents them in a rotating repertory or series of productions. Audiences have the opportunity to see the same actor in a variety of roles and the actors get to work as a unit and freely experiment with their craft.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).