Machinal – Cornell College
Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
Premiering on Broadway in 1928 and inspired by the 1927 murder trial and subsequent execution of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is considered one of the greatest examples of Expressionist Theatre on the American stage and remains powerfully relevant today. For Helen Jones, a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. She follows the rituals that society expects of a woman, however resistant she may feel about them. What unfolds is a gripping drama about the status of women in the machine of society, the torture of a loveless marriage and the result of living a life compressed.
Photo Credit: Jenny Nutting Kelchen and Scott Olinger