Machinal is loosely based on the real life trial of Ruth Snyder, the first woman in New York to receive the death penalty by electric chair. It is told by Sophie Treadwell, a journalist who reported on the trial at the time of it’s occurrence. It tells the story of Helen Jones’s life as a young woman, who couldn’t take the inescapable feeling of being trapped in the machine of life.
Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal" is an expressionist drama. Expressionism in theatre is characterized by intense emotion and the failure of the systems of society.
This production is intended for mature audiences. It includes flashing lights, depictions of death by electrocution, implied rape, and violence.
"Machinal" runs for approximately 2 hours, with a 15 minute intermission between acts.
"Your skin oughtn't to curl—ought it—when he just comes near you—ought it?"