Written by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, MACHINAL was inspired by the real life case of convicted and executed murderess Ruth Snyder, the first woman to die in the electric chair (Photo credit: Ryan Reason).
In the play a woman’s role is still confined to wife, mother, housekeeper, sexual partner. Love is considered unnecessary, women are trapped in their dependent status, living hellish lives, loveless marriages. The relationship between Helen Jones and her husband, George H. Jones, is no different. However, when a man intercedes and Helen is given a momentary glimpse of passion, her life is forever changed.
As society confines her, and her husband unconsciously dominates her every decision, a quiet rebellion stirs in her psyche, forcing her to act with dire consequences. This play is a powerful expressionistic drama about women’s forced dependency upon men during the 1920s and their trapped existence in a male-dominated, oppressive wasteland.
Insurgo presents the Las Vegas premiere of this seminal expressionist work in a co-production with the College of Southern Nevada, directed by Stacia Zinkevich. Previously, Insurgo and CSN co-produced MEDEA in 2009. MACHINAL is presented by special arrangement with the ArchDiocese of Tucson.
Young Woman: Sarah Spraker
Telephone Girl: Jamie Carvelli
Mother: Terri Gandy
Husband: Glenn Heath
Richard Roe: Geo Nikols
Ensemble (multiple roles): Amber Ward, Stephanie Roybal, Tyler Collinsworth, Cathy Ostertag, Kyle Ivey, Michael Barbera, Steed
Director: Stacia Zinkevich
Stage Managers: Adam Flores and Sydney Southers
Set: TJ Larsen
Sound: Jeremy V. Gill
Costume: Lee Meyers
Props: Amanda Loft
Lights: John Beane
Photos: Ryan Reason
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
March 25 – April 9, 2011
Industry Performance Monday, April 4 at 8pm.
$20 general admission
Purchase online at www.insurgotheater.org or by caling 702.771.7331
About the Author
Sophie Treadwell (1885-1970), was a leading American playwright and journalist of the first half of the 20th century. Among her prominent works are MACHINAL (French for mechanical, automatic, or involuntary) and INTIMATIONS FOR A SAXOPHONE. As a journalist, she conducted an exclusive interview with Pancho Villa for the New York Tribune in 1921. She was also an actress and was mentored by renowned Polish actress Helena Modjeska. The majority of Treadwell’s works are stored at the University of Arizona Library Special Collections and the rest at The Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library. Treadwell willed the rights to her works to the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Tucson, the proceeds to be used to feed homeless natives of the region.
Insurgo Theater Movement is Las Vegas’ leading independent theater company and it’s most prolific servant and explorer of the theatrical form. In the last year Insurgo oversaw the creation of The Bastard Theater, the development of a satellite theater at the Erotic Heritage Museum, the creation of a dedicated ensemble that presents specific productions formed from rigorous year-round experimental training, fourteen full productions staged, the development of the Insurgo Original Series taking themed ten-minute and full-length scripts from first read to full production, and the presentations of workshops and lectures at CSN, UNLV, EHM and more. Insurgo was recently awarded Best Of The City by Desert Companion Magazine and Seven Magazine.