The Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University presents Machinal, a play that reflects the pressures that women face that are placed on them by society and how these pressures can drive them to violence and criminal behavior. Inspired by the infamous 1927 trial and execution of Ruth Snyder and Judd Grey for the murder of Snyder’s husband, the work explores the dark external forces and inner conflicts of this woman, who is trapped in a loveless marriage and who is part of our highly mechanized world. Performances run from February 20th to February 24th and tickets are only $15 for this event. This student production takes place in the Alexander Kasser Theater and is part of Peak Performances @ Montclair State University.
stories being repeated even in today’s news headlines, Guest Director
Rosemary Andress takes this powerful work from the 1920s and sets it in
the 1950s during what she terms as the “nuclear .” In her directorial approach
to this play, Andress shows that this story is universal and holds true throughout
different generations. In her vision of Machinal she
argues that our primal urges in regards to sex and violence have always been
and will always be part of our society.
available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office or order by phone at
973-655-5112. Tickets are also available online at peakperfs.org. For a
high-resolution image of this production of Machinal,
please contact Alfred Fredel.
Written by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Rosemary Andress
February 20, 21, 22 @ 7:30pm
February 22 @1pm
February 23 @ 8pm
February 24 @ 2pm
Alexander Kasser Theater
Montclair State University
Alfred R. Fredel, Media and Marketing Manager
Peak Performance @ Montclair