Parkland Theatre
 
Machinal

Title

Machinal

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Description

Directed by June Clark Eubanks

Written by Sophie Treadwell in 1928, this visceral, groundbreaking script was inspired by the startling events of the trial, conviction, and state execution of Ruth Snyder the year before. A ‘normal’ housewife with no apparent motive, she was convicted of murdering her husband while he slept. As the trial became sensationalized and the public rushed to demonize Ruth, then-journalist, Ms. Treadwell, wondered what circumstances might have led her to this desperate act. The universal themes of her story continue to reflect the diversity and challenges of our own community and encourages the viewer to engage in an inclusive experience that represents and speaks to each of us. Our production will provide an expressionistic look at the life of “Everywoman,” offering a feminist perspective of the notion of free will and what it has meant to be female in our capitalist and highly-mechanized society over the last 90 years.

7:30 pm Performances

February 28, 29

3 pm Performance

February 29

Publication Date

2-28-2019

Production Year

2019

Theatre Location

Second Stage Theatre

City

Champaign, IL

Disciplines

Theatre and Performance Studies

Machinal

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