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The University Theatre presents


Machinal


by Sophie Treadwell

Director
Brook Davis

Scenic designer
Mary Wayne-Thomas

Costume Designer
Lisa Weller

Lighting designer
Jonathan Christman

Sound Designer
Cindy Gendrich

Acting and Vocal Coach
Leah Elyce Roy

Movement Coach
Christina Tsoules Soriano

Assistant Director
Rebecca Cannon*

Stage Manager
Mike Discepolo*


Sept. 28-29 & Oct. 3-7, 2007


 
 


CAST


YOUNG WOMAN
Maggie Choumbakos*


HUSBAND.
Dan Applegate*


MOTHER.
Jenny Malarkey*


MAN.
Troy Pellom


ENSEMBLE.

J.C. Bobbitt*
Wes Calkin*
Greg Hwa
Danny Mullins
Stowe Nelson*
Jackie Phillips
Aleshia Price
Brittni Shambaugh*
Abby Suggs*


SINGER.
Roman Irvan


* member of the Anthony Aston Players


SETTING
New York, 1920s

scene 1
office

with motherhospital


hospital bed
speakeasy
speakeasy2
speakeasy3in bed
PRODUCTION STAFF

Technical Director
Trevor Anderson

Assistant Stage Managers
Nathan Musgrove, Mike Pizzalato

Prop Master
Allie Gervasio*

Master Electrician
Wes Calkin*

Electrician
Dan Applegate*

Welder
J. C. Bobbitt*, Nathan Musgrove

Scene Shop Assistants
Amber Chapel*, Drew Grindrod*, Kate Miners*, Stowe Nelson*, Liz Shumate*, Sissie Strope*,

Costume Studio Supervisor
Lisa Weller

Costume Assistants
Alyssa Alexander, Caroline Dignes, Ainsley Johnston, Elyse McNamara, Connie Miller, Stephany Rayburn*, Elizabeth Skinner

Wardrobe
Melanie Huffines

Light Board Operator
Patrick Ryan

Sound Board Operator
Kate Miners*

Poster Design
Creative Communications, WFU School of Medicine

Photography
Bill Ray III, Jonathan Christman,
Leslie Spencer

Box Office Staff
Sara Elaine Armstrong, Rebecca Cannon*,
Stephanie Glagola*, Elizabeth Hartley,
Daniel Mullins, Sarah Jean Sparks,
Susan Walters, Michael Whatley

House Manager
Bethany Novak


SPECIAL THANKS
Sharon Andrews
Jacqui Carrasco
Stewart Carter
Woody Hood
North Carolina School of the Arts
Bland Wade

at home

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

Expressionism: A nonrealistic theatre movement that developed in the early twentieth century. Highly theatrical.
Mechanical. De-humanizing. Stark. Harsh. Disconnected. Robotlike. Staccato. Repetitious. Abstract. Nightmarish.

It is within this stylistic playground that Sophie Treadwell created Machinal in 1927. Treadwell, a journalist, followed several famous murder trials in the early 1910s and 1920s,
including the heavily publicized Ruth Snyder case. Snyder was convicted of conspiring with her lover to kill her husband and eventually became one of the first females executed in New
York. Treadwell loosely based Machinal on Snyder’s story and experimented with expressionism and other theatrical innovations to explore and critique patriarchal society, capitalism, marriage and domestication. In her stage directions, Treadwell wrote,
“The Plot is the story of a woman who
murders her husband - an ordinary young woman, any woman.
The Plan is to tell this story by showing the different phases of
life that the woman comes in contact with, and in none of which she finds any place, any peace.”

This play confronts the seductiveness of the well-oiled machines in our lives; those unchallenged systems that seem to be functioning so efficiently. They are predictable and their rhythmic noises can be hypnotically soothing. But Treadwell seems to be encouraging us to shake ourselves awake from those everyday mesmerizing hums - to remember our dreams, celebrate our individualities, and challenge those comforting
systems that appear to be working - almost - without a glitch.

 

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