November 12- 20, 2010
Sophie Treadwell’s play MACHINAL, considered to be one of the best examples of American Expressionism, will explode on to the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre in November with all the betrayal, seduction, and violence one would expect from a play about the first woman executed in the electric chair in New York. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Department of Theatre and Speech’s contemporary staging of this classic play will be accentuated with high-impact sound and lighting design elements and a collage of symbolic artifacts floating above the action.
Director Gaye Jeffers says, “The incredible thing about MACHINAL is that even though it was written over eighty years ago, it is amazingly contemporary in its themes and subject matter. Treadwell’s decision to write the story in an Expressionistic style opens the door for me to invite the audience to leave Realism behind and to visit the mind and thoughts of a woman who decides to commit murder.”
Scenic designer Steve Ray, costume designer Sydney Roberts and lighting designer John Burgess create the alienating and dehumanized world onstage through strong colors and images. Sound design by UTC student John Moser completes the eerie and unsettling landscape.