The Typographer’s Dream

October 4 — November 16, 2014
In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Previews are Oct. 4-9 | Opening night Oct. 10
By Adam Bock
Directed by Rose Riordan

The Typographer’s Dream follows the story of a stenographer, a geographer and a typographer. During a career-oriented presentation, it becomes hilariously clear that their personal issues just so happen to correspond with their jobs. As with his hit play The Receptionist, playwright Bock tackles the everyday environment of the workplace from a completely unique, and very witty, perspective.  “Funny, provocative, psychologically revealing, intellectually stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable.” —San Francisco Chronicle

General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Thursdays at noon
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Run Time:
Approximately 70 minutes; no intermission.

The Typographer’s Dream is recommended for ages 13+; contains mature language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production. There is no late seating or re-entry in the Ellyn Bye Studio.

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Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

Highlights from Rehearsal: Behind the Scenes of “Typographer’s Dream”

Highlights from Rehearsal: Behind the Scenes of “Typographer’s Dream”

12 November 2014 & Posted by Allyson Walters

We asked the cast to share their favorite moments from rehearsal to give you a sense of the detailed work that went into creating this production.


Playwright Adam Bock in town to talk about The Typographer’s Dream

05 November 2014 & Posted by Kelsey Tyler

Join us at 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the Ellyn Bye Studio, for a discussion with Playwright Adam Bock about The Typographer’s Dream.


“The Typographer’s Dream” Fun Facts

01 November 2014 & Posted by Allyson Walters

Fun facts about the creation of The Typographer’s Dream by Production Manager Christopher Brislin!



Art and photography for The Typographer's Dream. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Marty Hughley | Oregon ArtsWatch [Review 14 Oct 2014]

deliciously deft comic timing and sharply drawn characters

“It’s the work of an artist fully engaged with his own idiosyncrasies. That it also is so engaging for the rest of us is a tribute to a job well done.”

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Gigi Little | ut omnia bene [Review 13 Oct 2014]

A delightfully funny evening of smart, smart theater.

“Smart and surprising and hilarious and thought-provoking and fast-moving. ... this thing was delightful ... A chilly perspective on the human condition, happily, ironically served up in the midst of a delightfully funny evening of smart, smart theater.”

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Dennis Sparks | Theatre Reviews by Dennis Sparks [Review 13 Oct 2014]

[Riordan] has chosen her cast well.

“McLean is wonderful ... Smith is certainly verbose and can be maniacal at times, which is both funny and scary. A complex character and well presented. ... Tyler as the man who seems to struggle most with who he is, allows us to see the confidence slowly slip away ... I recommend this show.”

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