Theatre Department to Present “Machinal”
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The Franklin College Department of Theatre will present the play Machinal at 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.  All performances will be in Théâtre Margot in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, located at the corner of Branigin Blvd. and Grizzly Drive.

The story chronicles the life of a young woman who is victimized and dehumanized by everyone around her. Sophie Treadwell, who was a playwright and journalist, based her drama on the real-life sensational Ruth Snyder-Judd Gray murder trial. When it premiered in 1928, this classic American play was praised for its innovative, expressionistic style and staccato dialogue.

Treadwell held professional careers in journalism and theatre in New York City during the 1920s and was a member of the Lucy Stone League of suffragettes. She passed away in February 1970.

Nicolas Crisafulli, assistant professor of fine arts and theatre at Franklin College, will direct the play. Crisafulli earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and political science from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Memphis. He joined the Franklin College faculty in 2009, after serving as a graduate instructor at the University of Memphis. 

Only women auditioned for this production, but Crisafulli explained he plans to not change the script, even though there are prominent male characters. The characters will be gender-neutral, he said, but still keep male and female pronouns.

He added that this element does change the theme of the play but also allows for a more creative direction.

“It makes the patriarchy harder to represent, but in some ways it’s really fun because literally we’ve stripped away the gender of a lot of these characters and it’s just the male pronouns,” Crisafulli said. “This is a man, we refer to him as ‘mister,’ and she (the main character) feels stifled by that, but the actor playing that character is a woman.”

General admission is $12. Admission for each performance is $8 for students and seniors (55 and older). Franklin College students, faculty and staff will receive free admission with a valid Franklin College ID. To reserve tickets, email or call (317) 738-8029 or (800) 852-0232, ext. 8029. Please claim reservations ten minutes before the performance. The box office opens one hour before the performance.

The cast and crew for the production includes:

Mackenzie Black, of Versailles, will play the part of Young Woman.

Marian Case, of Pendleton, will play the parts of Mr. Jones/Husband.

Jordan Hoard, of Plainfield, will play the parts of the Judge and the Wing Man.

Sydney Johnson, of Seymour, will play the parts of the Mother and the Nurse.

Claire Martin, of Columbus, will play the parts of the Lawyer for the Defense and the Priest.

Becca McKinley, of Salem, will play the parts of the Lawyer for the Prosecution and the Doctor.

Tia Newberry, of Batavia, Ohio, will play the part of the Lover.

Case, Hoard, Johnson, Martin, McKinley and Newberry also are part of the ensemble.

Cameron McAbee, of Indianapolis, will serve as the Lighting Designer.

Contact the Franklin College Office of Communications for more information at (317) 738-8185. 


POSTED Oct 31, 2019