Brava! for Women in the Arts continues their ambitious 2008-09 "Shout Out Loud" theatrical season with Sophie Treadwell's expressionist classic, Machinal, directed by Evren Odcikin.
Machinal is a story of isolation of a young woman whose entire life has been dictated by the people and machines that surround her. She dutifully follows the rituals of work, marriage, and childbirth in hopes of finding peace, but when she begins to discover her own desires and needs, the story takes a turn to the unthinkable.
Inspired by the real life case of convicted and executed murderess Ruth Snyder and told with a unique juxtaposition of domestic drama, fast-paced language, an experimental soundscape, and striking visuals, Machinal is considered one of the highpoints of Expressionism in American theatre history.