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The 2013-2014 Broadway Season

A gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell, in a new production starring Rebecca Hall and Michael Cumpsty.

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American Airlines Theatre
Opening Night - January 16 2014
Final Performance - March 02 2014
MachinalMichael Cumpsty and Rebecca Hall in Sophie Treadwell's Machinal.


It’s America’s Golden Age, a time of happiness, freedom and prosperity – or is it? For the Young Woman (Rebecca Hall), a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. A groundbreaking work in the landscape of American theatre, Sophie Treadwell’s play is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unloved.


  • Machinal was inspired by the infamous 1927 trial of Ruth Snyder, who was executed for the murder of her husband, Albert.
  • A young Clark Gable made his Broadway debut in the original production, before he headed off to Hollywood.


Sophie Treadwell’s play was originally produced on Broadway in 1928. This is its first Broadway revival.


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Revised April 3, 2014


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