by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Jess K. Smith
Machinal is a groundbreaking American Expressionist play written in 1928 by Sophie Treadwell. Inspired by the scandalous real-life court case and execution of New York housewife, Ruth Snyder, the play follows the archetypal character of ‘Young Woman’ as she attempts to find freedom from the suffocating gender expectations placed on her in every arena of her life. Treadwell’s feminist treatment of the narrative intentionally centers the subjective and subverts our typical expectations around dramatic action. So when her one brush with freedom is the one thing that lands her in a trial that could end in her death, the audience becomes jury and we are ultimately asked how we may have been complicit in her journey all along.
This live-streamed production blends virtual and live performances from an ensemble cast of students spread throughout the west coast. Innovative video design and an immersive set reflect the claustrophobic and mechanical external world and fractured inner life of the protagonist while simultaneously updating a play written nearly a century ago.
Learn more and reserve tickets by visiting: http://pugetsound.edu/theatrearts
March 11 at 7:30pm
March 12 at 7:30pm
March 13 at 2pm and 7:30pm