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Machinal tells the story of Helen--a young woman, an ordinary young woman--who is trapped by a nagging mother, a mindless job, a loveless marriage, and an unwanted child. After a brief affair with a mysterious stranger, Helen finds a way out of her soulless existence: murder. Machinal is loosely based on the sensational 1927 trial of Ruth Snyder who, along with her lover Judd Gray, murdered her husband. A year later, Snyder became the first women to be put to death in the electric chair in New York State. With a haunting design that emphasizes the crushing monotony of the industrial world, Machinal is a provocative look at an increasingly impersonal world--perhaps more vital now than it was nearly 75 years ago when it was written. One Year Lease, founded by Vassar College graduates in 2000, is a New York based theater company dedicated to revitalizing classic texts. They have created a community of American and international artists who work together on productions that are performed both in the United States and abroad. After two successful European tours, OYL returns to New York to work on this modern classic that attacks our very ideas of individualism. Recent productions include Look Back in Anger (Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, New York); Oresteia (Theater for the New City, New York; Deree College Amphitheater, Athens, Greece; Theatro Alfredo Chiesa, Milan, Italy; Antigone (The Raw Space, New York; Theatro Technis, Athens, Greece) and Miss Julie (Sanford Meisner Theater and The Pulse Theater). Schedule Thursday, November 13 at 8pm Friday, November 14 at 8pm Saturday, November 15 at 8pm Sunday, November 16 at 3pm Wednesday, November 19 at 8pm Thursday, November 20 at 8pm Friday, November 21 at 8pm Saturday, November 22 at 8pm Tuesday, November 25 at 8pm Friday, November 28 at 8pm Saturday, November 29 at 8pm Wednesday, December 3 at 8pm Thursday, December 4 at 8pm Friday, December 5 at 8pm Saturday, December 6 at 8pm For industry comps please call 718.788.1656 Appropriate for audiences 15 and up.

Show Details

  • Running Time:1hr 30min
  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:Theater for the New City, Off-Off-Broadway