Machinal follows the tragic tale of a young woman trapped in man’s world. Set in the 1930s, the play explores the rigid expectations, complex interpersonal relationships, and incessant unequal treatment that push one woman to her breaking point. Inspired by Sophie Treadwell’s account of a real-life murder trial, the woman battles loneliness, disillusionment, subjugation, and the living hell of a loveless marriage. This powerful expressionist drama pulls on societal tensions that persist almost one hundred years after its Broadway premiere. Treadwell’s Machinal begs the question, surrounded by the intense pressures of a male society, how can a woman survive?
By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Jameson Nowlan
Produced by Emma Cooney
Stage Managed by Orly Salik
Technical Direction by Han Miller
October 28, 2021 - November 6, 2021
Poulton Hall, Stage III