The Westover School Theater Department will present the acclaimed Broadway classic, Machinal, by Sophie Treadwell on Friday and Saturday, February 8th and 9th at 7:30 pm in the Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center.
First performed on Broadway in 1928, Machinal follows the life of a nameless young woman as she tries to resist oppression, but is suffocated by society’s beliefs. As the title suggests, the main character is surrounded by a world of people who inevitably fall into the mechanical rhythm of everyday life. When the young woman doesn’t do what is expected of her, her life becomes a spiral of never-ending tragedy and a constant longing for a way out. Some material may not be suitable for younger audiences. Westover’s Theater Program Director, Marla Truini, of Roxbury, directs the production.
The cast includes Amelia Bell of Lakeville as Young Woman; Jessica Dierdorff of Southbury as Mother; Elizabeth Reed of Winchester as the Telephone Girl; Tora Coursey of Newburyport, MA, as George H. Jones; Margaret Milford of Waterbury as Man #1; Danny Smooke of Woodbridge as Second Man and Prosecution Lawyer; Lauren Danielowski of Woodbury as Defense Lawyer; Addie Pates of Manchester by the Sea, MA, as Adding Clerk and Judge; Jill Buckley of Middlebury as Filing Clerk and First Reporter; Sarah Basset of Wolcott as Doctor and Court Reporter; Rachael Shurberg of Morris as Stenographer, Nurse, and the Matron; Nicole Ganci of Southbury as Bailiff, Garbage Man, and Singer; Brittany McDonald of Middlebury as Bellboy and 2nd Clerk; Kathryn Volovski of Middlebury as Young Man and 3rd Reporter; Hannah Olshansky of Bridgewater as Woman and Singer; Priyanka Agadi of Danbury as Man’s Voice and Reporter; Katherine Kromer of Alexandria, VA, as Waiter and 2nd Clerk; Jason Begin as the Bartender and Husband; and Andrew Ubaldi as a member of the Ensemble. All members of the cast play ensemble roles in addition to their other roles.
Ian Diedrich of Waterbury is the production’s Technical Director. The running crew includes Lauren-Nicole Laurenceau of New York, NY; Amy Tiong of Waterbury; Marianna Mead of Yarmouth, ME; Stephanie Crudele of Middlebury; Lai Penanhoat of Scituate, MA; Jill Moisan of Woodbury; Alex Ivanoff of Salisbury; Rian Ishikawa of Japan; Rachel Pomerantz of New York, NY; and Ali Walker of Watertown.
Parking and entrance to the Performing Arts Center are on South Street. Reservations may be made by calling 203.577.4535. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Westover is a selective boarding and day school in grades 9-12 with 205 students from 16 states and 17 countries. The School offers its students more than 20 Advanced Placement courses as well as signature programs in science, engineering, art history, and music.
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