Machinal, the second production at the American Airlines Theatre in our 2013-2014 Season brought Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist masterpiece back to Broadway for the first time in 85 years. This production played a total of 80 performances from first preview on December 20 through closing night on March 2.
It was wonderful to welcome back so many Roundabout alumni: Suzanne Bertish (The Moliere Comedies), Michael Cumpsty (The Winslow Boy, Sunday in the Park with George), Morgan Spector (Harvey), Edward James Highland (Juno and the Paycock), Henny Russell (The Winslow Boy), Karen Walsh (Pygmalion), and Michael Warner (The Language of Trees).
This production also welcomed Rebecca Hall in her Broadway debut, Damian Baldet, Ashley Bell, Jeff Biehl, Arnie Burton, Ryan Dinning, Scott Drummond, Dion Graham, Jason Loughlin, Maria-Christina Oliveras and Daniel Pearce to the Roundabout family along with a remarkable creative team including Es Devlin (Sets), Michael Krass (Costumes), Matthew Herbert (Original Music), Matt Tierney (Sound), and Jane Cox (Lights).
Machinal, directed by Lyndsey Turner, received rave reviews from Time Out New York, New York Magazine and New York Post among others. Our audience also praised the gripping play in #3wordreviews on Twitter; “Phenomenal. Gripping. Indescribable”; “Intensely magical experience”.
Inspired by the themes, staging, and story of Machinal, over 100 middle school students from IS34 in Tottenville, Staten Island will write, design, and perform three original plays as part of our Education at Roundabout program. Roundabout Teaching Artists are mentoring the students work in acting and stage craft .
Gail Winar, the Roundabout Project Coordinator for IS34, said, “All of the students attended the performance of Machinal and I was impressed with their engagement in the production and observations about the performance/production style, themes and content. We've discussed exploring expressionistic devices in our performance piece and they are very enthusiastic about trying a new performance style.” The new plays will premiere April 10 for their school and community at Totten Intermediate School 34.
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