Sept. 27-30, 2018
by Sophie Treadwell
directed by Lou Jacob, Baker Artist-in-Residence
For the Young Woman at the heart of Machinal — a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s — life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom.
Sophie Treadwell’s intense, lyrical drama offers a riveting portrait of a desperate woman. Based on the true story of convicted murderer Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a rarely-produced treasure of the expressionist theatre of America in the ’20s, which resonates in the America of today.
For mature audiences.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance