Loosely based on the true-story execution of Ruth Snyder, in 1928, for murdering her husband, Sophie Treadwell’s play Machinal explores the sometimes stifling and paralyzing effects of the societal roles assigned to women. Written in the style of Expressionism, Machinal offers archetypes to underline the universality of the circumstances and tragedy. Heightened physical styles of acting and movement, as well as Expressionist design elements, help create a world that is larger than the every day, with implications far greater than the story of any one character. Although set in the late Twenties, the play has great relevance for our current climate, as it calls into question issues of oppression and gender roles still affecting women today.
Tickets on sale September 27th at 11:00 am.