Inclusive Dates: 2013 - 2014
Production Files documenting the 2013 production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, with set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Matt Tierney, original music by Matthew Herbert, and wig and hair design by Paul Huntley.
The production starred Rebecca Hall as Young Woman, with Suzanne Bertish as Mother, Morgan Spector as Lover, Michael Cumpsty as Husband. Other cast included Damian Baldet as Husband in Tenement/Second Man/Bailiff/Barber, Ashley Bell as Telephone Girl/Young Girl in Tenement, Jeff Biehl as Doctor/Judge, Arnie Burton as Man in Bar/Defense Lawyer, Ryan Dinning as Filing Clerk/Boy in Bar/Second Reporter, Scott Drummond as First Reporter/Second Guard, Dion Graham as Man in Tenement/Man in Bar/First Guard, Edward James Hyland as Adding Clerk/Priest, Jason Loughlin as Bellboy/Barber, Maria-Christina Oliveras as Woman in Tenement/Woman in Bar/Nurse/Court Reporter, Daniel Pearce as Jailer, Henny Russell as Stenographer/Mother in Tenement/Matron, Karen Walsh as Wife in Tenement/Woman in Bar, and Michael Warner as Man in War/Prosecution Lawyer.
2014 Awards and Nominations:
Tony Award, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Es Devlin (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Costume Design of a Play, Michael Krass (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Jane Cox (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Sound Design of a Play, Matt Tierney (nominee)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Sound Design of a Play, Matt Tierney (winner)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lighting Design, Jane Cox (nominee)
Theatre World Award, Rebecca Hall (winner)
Machinal is a play written in the Expressionist style by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, in response to the real-life murder trial and execution by electric chair of Ruth Snyder. None of the characters are named--a poor Young Woman who works as a stenographer is forced by her circumstances to marry her wealthy boss. She tries to acclimate to married life with someone she is repulsed by, has a baby, and then has an affair with a younger man who causes her to realize how happy life could be. She murders her husband and goes to trial; the play ends with her electrocution.
The play premiered on Broadway in 1928.
One Hollinger box encompasses all 8 folders, the Playbill, some marketing flyers, and a drawing of a Rebecca-Hall-type woman which was created by the Bartender during one performance.
Digital holdings on the Archive 1 server include the following folders:
Behind the Scenes (jpeg images, of a move-by-move schematic of the turntable set, and photos of research and props from rehearsal)
Cast Portraits (Select jpeg cast portraits and "mug shots", shot by Joan Marcus)
Costume Design (Archive-scanned tiffs of sketches, fittings photos, notes and breakdowns)
Costume Photographs (Archive-produced jpegs of the wedding dress and headdress in the collection)
Education (Lecture series and digital Upstage study guide)
Machinal (Video recording of a performance, 3 separate cameras from different parts of the theatre)
Machinal email folder pdf
Machinal opening (approximately 85 jpeg photos)
Machinal Rehearsal photos (29 jpeg photos)
Media (B-roll, opening night interviews and Machinal final video)
Press (24 tiff scans)
Production Photographs (629 jpeg photos)
Stage Management (Weekly rehearsal schedule pdfs)
Ticket Services (On sale calendars)
The Young Woman's Wedding Attire costume is stored in the Costume Collection; props used in the show are stored on the Prop Shelves (see object records for descriptions).
Access Restrictions: Open and available to approved researchers by appointment only.
See folder details for specific restrictions.
Preferred Citation: Machinal 2013, Roundabout Theatre Company Archive
Library of Congress Subject Heading Roundabout Theatre CompanyHaimes, ToddTreadwell, Sophie, 1885-1970Devlin, Es, 1971-Krass, MichaelCox, JaneTierney, Matt, 1976-Herbert, Matthew, 1972-Hall, Rebecca, 1982-Bertish, SuzanneSpector, MorganCumpsty, MichaelBell, Ashley, 1986-electrocution (capital punishment)Marriage--DramaWomen & social classBiehl, JeffBurton, ArnieGraham, DionWalsh, KarenExpressionism