Machinal (Royal National Theatre) (Paperback)

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This true crime drama sings with the hellish ferocity of a possessed typewriter: a 1920s feminist play loosely based on life and execution of convicted murderer Ruth Snyder. This piece critiques capitalism, the criminal justice system, and the patriarchy, all while serving as a window into the language of expressionist theater. The beauty in Treadwell’s words lie within its necessity to be read loud.

— Ryan


A major rediscovery of a forgotten woman playwright of the twenties, Machinal is a powerful expressionist play about the status of women in an increasingly mechanized society, and the torture of a loveless marriage.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781854592118
ISBN-10: 1854592114
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 1995
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Royal National Theatre