A world of machines, order and systems in North Central College play May 19-22 A world of machines, order and systems in North Central College play May 19-22

A world of machines, order and systems in North Central College play May 19-22


May 09, 2016

North Central College presents “Machinal,” a play inspired by the true story of Ruth Snyder, the first woman to be executed at Sing Sing Prison in 1928. Four performances will be staged May 19-22 in the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall.

Written by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, the play is set in the 20th century New York. “Machinal” advances a dark vision about women’s place in society and the consequences of not falling into step with the rhythm of the machine. The drama follows the character of a “Young Woman” through nine episodes of her life. Resistant to the norms that society places on her, the protagonist marries her boss and has an affair with a younger man who makes her feel alive.

“In retelling the Young Woman’s story in the 21st century, we want to create a vision of a world reminiscent of our own but with a twinge of uneasiness and terror,” said director Laura Lodewyck, assistant professor of theatre at North Central.

“Reflective of the way that Treadwell imagined the script, this is not a traditional realistic play. The world of the play is one somewhat like our own, but tilted on its side. We recognize the truths of the Young Woman’s experiences, but know this is an image of a place gone wrong and a place where someone who doesn’t fit in must inevitably be consumed by the machine,” said Lodewyck.

The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 19-21 and at 2 p.m. May 22 in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 E. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens. Contact North Central College’s Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7468) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. The performance contains adult material, including some violence not suitable for children.

The cast for “Machinal” is (role, name, town, year, major):
Young Woman: Maddie Burke of Monroe, Mich., a junior majoring in theatre (photo, left)
Husband: John Lindberg of Batavia, a sophomore majoring in music and theatre
Mother/Court Reporter: Kandace Huebner of Naperville, a junior majoring in psychology and theatre
Man/Table 3 First Man: Tyler Meyers of Elmwood, a freshman majoring in theatre (photo, right)
Doctor/Priest/Table 3 Second Man: Dan Brooks of Wheaton, a freshman (photo, second from right)
Table 2 Man/Prosecution Lawyer/First Barber: Brian McLeod of Addison, a junior majoring in theatre
Table 2 Boy/3rd Reporter/Male voices: Alex Poe of Thousand Oaks, Calif., a freshman majoring in theatre
Table 1 Man/Judge/2nd Guard: Bri Perry of Plainfied, a senior majoring in musical theatre and theatrical design and technology
Waiter/Bailiff/Bellboy/Female Voices: Tegan Follis of Lincoln, a junior majoring in theatre
Lawyer for Defense/First Guard/Bartender/Adding Clerk: Kara Barrios of Aurora, a freshman majoring in theatre
Nurse/Matron/3rd Law Clerk: Laura Ebsworth of Jarrettsville, Md., a junior majoring in musical theatre and theatre
Telephone Girl/First Reporter: Ali McGarel of Naperville, a senior majoring in marketing and theatre (photo, second from left)
Filling Clerk/1st Law Clerk/2nd Barber: Amanda Zgonina of Elmhurst, a senior majoring in musical theatre
Stenographer/2nd Law Clerk/Jailer: Caitlin O’Brien of Naperville, a sophomore majoring in theatre
Table 1 Woman/2nd Reporter: Emily Barham of Aurora, a sophomore majoring in theatre

The crew is (role, name, town, year, major):
Director: Laura Lodewyck, assistant professor of theatre
Assistant director: Emily Marrazzo of Algonquin, a sophomore majoring in theatre
Stage manager: Carrie Anderson of Bolingbrook, a senior majoring in German, theatre and theatrical design and technology
Scenic designer: Ruby Lowe of Aurora, a sophomore majoring in theatrical design and technology
Technical director: Peter O'Neill, technical director, theatre department
Assistant technical director: Kat Davis of O’Fallon, Mo., a junior majoring in theatre and sociology: criminal justice
Master carpenter: Michelle Reaska, scenic studio shop foreman
Props master: Alex Moerer
Props construction crew: April Newman
Props run crew: Matt Lusa of Orland Park, a freshman majoring in theatre
Light designer: Rebecca Barrett, lecturer in theatre
Assist. light designer: Bri Tobin of Shorewood, a senior majoring in theatrical design and technology
Light board op./lighting crew: Molly Durava of Naperville, a senior majoring in sociology
Sound designer: Greg Johnson of Wheaton, a senior majoring in theatrical design and technology, and Melissa Claussen of Yorkville, a senior majoring in music
Sound board op./sound crew: Brody Long of Hawthorn Woods, a freshman majoring in psychology
Hair/makeup designer: Bobby Taves of Oswego, a junior majoring in theatre
Hair/makeup crew: Enya Wenk of Naperville, a senior majoring in musical theatre
Costume designer: Bobby Taves of Oswego, a junior majoring in theatre
Costume construction: Emily Salomone of Chicago Ridge, a sophomore majoring in entrepreneurship and small business management
Costume run crew: Sarah Beck of Littleton, Colo., a freshman majoring in musical theatre
Run crew: Jesus Martinez of Aurora, a sophomore majoring in psychology, and Jordan DePhillips of Plainfield, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Publicity: Rachel Mecca Davis of Westmont, a freshman majoring in political science