February 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
TheatreLab, Arts Complex

“Machinal” (Feb. 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, 23* & 24 at 2 p.m.)

Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist drama is inspired by the real-life murder trial of Ruth Snyder. Set in the 1920s, the play concerns a young woman whose every choice in life seems predetermined, as if she is merely a cog in a machine that can fulfill only one purpose. While she initially succumbs to society’s expectations of marriage and childbirth, she yearns for something more. Refusing to submit to a life she does not want, she sets out to explore alternative paths to happiness. But as she attempts to break away from a life of conformity, will her efforts lead to freedom or punishment?

* There will be a discussion with the cast and crew following this performance