May 28th, 2013, in the Koret Auditorium.
In conjunction with our annual humor exhibition, On the Clock: A Playful Guide to Working Life, monologist Josh Kornbluth presented his comic workplace masterpiece, Haiku Tunnel, created in collaboration with director David Ford. Haiku Tunnel recounts the neurotic misadventures of a terrific temp (Josh) who always becomes a terrible “perm.” At the start of the story, he is hired by a sinister law firm, Schuyler & Mitchell (S&M), to go permanent as the secretary to Bob Shelby, a highly intimidating tax attorney whom Josh comes to suspect may be Satan. Bob gives Josh 85 or so very important letters to mail out, and Josh— a great procrastinator—doesn’t mail them. In his subsequent attempts to cover up this secretarial crime, Josh ends up getting in all sorts of further trouble, including a touchy situation in which he allows himself to be mistaken for an attorney. And things continue going downhill from there.