Thursday, November 17, 2011

Machinal to provide social commentary

By Paul Schmitt
Cardinal Staff

Machinal, the theatre department’s latest production, promises an interesting and slightly avant-garde look at the impact society can have on women.

Directed by Judy Myers, chair of the theatre and dance department at Saint Mary’s University, the play is based on actual events. It was written in 1928 in an expressionistic style consisting of short scenes, repetitive dialogue and one-dimensional characters.

Myers said that audience members should be prepared to “accept that the style of this piece is different than what they are used to.” Expressionism involves very carefully selected pieces, colors and features in each scene to evoke certain ideas and feelings.

Sophomore Lydia Munroe plays the female lead in the production, a role that Myers said “calls for maturity.” Despite the challenging role, Munroe is “pulling it off well,” according to Myers.

Machinal is also the senior project of Josh Lentner, a theatre arts major who is designing the lighting for the show.

Performances of Machinal are at the Valencia Arts Center on Nov. 16-19 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee show on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for both seniors and students.

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