Act 1, Scene 1* The central character, Gross, is introduced as the Managing Director of the office. * The discovery of an unknown language, Ptydepe, on a memorandum is the first sign of unwelcome and unnecessary change. * Hana, the Secretary, displays some very strange and entertaining habits. * Gross' Deputy Director, Ballas, shows signs that he might have questionable motives.
Act 1, Scene 2* The Ptydepe Classroom is introduced, along with Lear, the instructor. * Lear explains the origin and purpose of Ptydepe. * Thumb, a student, is eager to learn the new language.
Act 1, Scene 3* Gross attempts to get the memo translated. * Stroll, Savant, and Helena, typical bureaucrats, are no help to Gross. * Maria is introduced in preventing Gross from acting on a desperate impulse. * The Staff Watcher, George, speaks to Gross.
Act 1, Scene 4* Ballas manipulates Gross into signing the Ptydepe authorization. * Hana continues her frequent trips in and out of the office. * Gross agrees...
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