The Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University Presents Machinal

Written by Sophie Treadwell and directed by Rosemary Andress

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.

With similar 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.

Tickets are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office or order by phone at 973-655-5112. Tickets are also available online at 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
Tickets: $15
Alexander Kasser Theater
Montclair State University

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Alfred R. Fredel, Media and Marketing Manager
Peak Performance @ Montclair