directed by Damen Scranton
Written by Sophie Treadwell in 1928, Machinal is a powerful expressionist drama about women’s financial dependence on men, and one woman’s attempt to break free. It is a play about New York City, about claustrophobia, about the maddening banter of people going through the motions, about faith and God and the role of religion. It is about decent people craving love in a disconnected world. The intensity of the true story along with Treadwell’s choice of language, rhythm, and scene structure, combine to create a play that is powerful, moving, and surprisingly funny. It was ahead of its time in 1928, and is remarkably relevant today. It is a play that has been neglected, and we are excited to be bringing it back to the stage in New York.
2/19/2011 at 8:00pm