|10/29/2012 4:37:00 PM|
Play examines pressures of mechanical world
University of Portland photo by Steve Hambuchen
Maddie Kirby and Logan Mathews in a scene from Machinal.
Machinal, a modern age tragedy, will be performed November 9-11 and 15-17 in the Mago Hunt Center Theater on the University of Portland campus.
Loosely based on the sensational 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, the first woman put to death by the electric chair, the play is set against an industrial landscape. Playwright Sophie Treadwell’s early 20th century feminist play speculates about what circumstances might drive a seemingly harmless stenographer to commit murder in a male-dominated, mechanized, materialistic world. This play deals with adult themes and is intended for mature audiences.
All performances start at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday performances, which are at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For reservations starting October 29, call (503) 943-7287.