Machinal is a play, which lives’ on a stage almost a century, inspired by the real life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder, written by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell.
It is the story about young woman, level stenographer who lives with her mother and follows the rituals that society expects of a woman. In the play a woman’s role is still confined to wife, mother, housekeeper, sexual partner. Love is considered unnecessary, women are trapped in their dependent status, living hellish lives, loveless marriages. She married her boss, have a baby with him, but not even happiness, so she had an affair with a younger man.
Ruth Snyder and her husband
As society confines her, and her husband unconsciously dominates her every decision, a quiet rebellion stirs in her psyche, forcing her to act with dire consequences, and in the end she break up she murder her husband. After she was found guilty, she was the first women executed in an electric chair.
Machinal , Broadway – 1928
The play had its premiere in 1928 in Broadway, and was classificated as one of the most remarkable plays of expressionist theatre seen on American stage. The influence and success is spectacular, because it was opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on September, 1928, and closed on November, that year after 91 performances. One more interesting fact is that Clark Gable has his Broadway debut in this play, was and he received good notices.
“From the sordid mess of a brutal murder the author, actors and producer of ‘Machinal’ …have with great skill managed to retrieve a frail and somber beauty of character… she [Treadwell] has written a tragedy of submission… (Brooks Atkinson, for The New York Times)
Machinal , Broadway – 1928
Following its initial Broadway run, Machinal received a number of productions internationally. It appeared on London’s West End in 1931 under the title, The Life Machine, and was produced twice in Moscow in 1933, most notably by Alexander Tairovs Kamerny Theatre. The play was aired on both NBC and ABC television in 1954 and 1960 respectively, produced off-Broadway in 1960, and revived by the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1990. Machinal was revived by the Royal National Theatre in London, on 15 October 1993, and won three 1994 Laurence Olivier Awards. The play received numerous productions till nowadays The 2014 Broadway production received even four 2014 Tony Award nominations.
Machinal , Broadway – 2014
Machinal , Broadway – 2014
“Machinal” is interesting piece of art, stile provocative for the artists and for the public, because it is a dark, but beautiful story about different phases of life of ordinary young women who is searching for happiness and peace and the price that she had to pay. This play is a powerful expressionistic drama about women’s forced dependency upon men and their trapped existence in a male-dominated, during the 1920s, and unfortunately so long after, till today.
Machinal , Broadway – 2014
It is audition from a theatre in your place, and you want to join but… you are not sure… You need more reasons to make a first step… Ok. Here we give you some reasons, some really good reasons, and we hope that we will have a little influence to you to make a decision… The most important of all, is if you want it do it… Just listen to your heart.
Be a part of theatre group is good chance to learn a lot about theatre and art, about hard work and discipline, for your fears and possibilities but also to meet lot of fun and creative people who are particularly not judgmental…
1.It is (maybe your first) possibility to perform in front of the public, on the big scene. It is the way to try something new, and to break your comfort zone. So give a chance to you and make a challenge… maybe you will never get that chance again…
2.You may love that feeling to be on a stage, and continue with theatre, or decide that you don’t like that, and walk away to find something new… Anyway you will know for sure, and you can make your own decision. Or, you might be really good at performing, you might really love it, and it could develop into something more than just a hobby or fun.
3.You can be someone else, one, twice or many times. You can try your possibility for transformation and learn something new for you through your roles. Making your roles you will search deeper in your, you will make a good relation with your inner self, follow your emotions, and work against your self-insurance. It is good change and it has therapeutic influence.
4.To be in theatre it don’t always means that you have to acting… There is so many to try, so many to do, so many possibilities… You just have to try, and to find what is best for you… You can write, paint, giving ideas for scenography and cosmography, choose them, make them. You can choose music, sing, dance, play some instrument… can express yourself in so many ways. You will work hard, learn and have fun…
5.With your own example you can show to the people, that if you can they can, when you love something it is not difficult, and it is really possible, and inspired them to try something new, something that they love but were not enough brave to do it. If it happened you will be very happy, and it will be great award for you and inspiration to continue.
6.The best of all, you are part of group, part of creative process, of something that is really important for group of people. You make a new friends, sometimes the best friends, and teacher that can’t teach you lot in unusual way. You can outgoing together and have fun in a various ways, because you are performer, and you can perform everywhere…and make fun every situation…because the group is composed from creative people full of positive energy, and in the same time compassionate, with open-mind, who do their best not to be judgmental…
And for the end, remember whatever you will do, you have to work hard, but also have a lot of fun and feel satisfied… However, this is your life, you have to choose, but believe me, there is nothing to lose, you just can be richerof one great life experience, which make you better person in different ways…
Is this not enough attractive for you?
We use to say that audiences at plays were loud, we teach our kids to be quiet in the theatre… Because it is so simple, actors are the ones who speak and the audience should be the one that listens and applauds at the end.
But, it is not that simple… Actors can’t play without an audience, there’s no theatre without a public. So what happened through the centuries? When the audience became quiet? Is this right way or…?
In the late 19th century, theatre stopped being interesting for everyone. The communal exhilaration that had been going on for 2,500 years – (since the Greeks first honored Dionysus with loud songs) – became past.
Even Shakespeare three centuries earlier, had to learn to write plays by performing in taverns and in yards. His speeches had to silence peasants and heckling gentry. Maybe the reason was culmination of an aristocratic plot to rid the fun-houses of proles, maybe because of the bright stage and a darkened crowd. Anyway, audience became quiet.
People stop pelt the cast with old fruit, however bad it gets. Even if everyone don’t like the play, they would stay till the end and didn’t all leave. Because, audiences don’t believe that play it’s for them…, they are all a little cowed when goes to the theatre.
When the cinema appeared people started go to the theatre less, the cinema was cheaper, the picture had a better quality and the audience was quiet. The feeling is the same.
Some critics thought that theatres would be different with louder crowds. Collective liveliness is theatre’s most unique but neglected quality. Theatre is Dionysus’s art form, and Dionysus is all about ecstasy, about sometimes going outside yourself. There’s no ecstasy now and the days when theatre used to be a collective cathartic party are over.
Some forms of modern theatre are trying to include audiences in their plays and performances and street theatre and street arts have a purpose…
We will see what the future brings…quit audiences, or quit theatres…
Till then, wish the best to the theatre in the modern technological world… and if we want to survive, don’t forget theatre is everyone’s responsibility and joy…
We want to represent you Tabac Rouge at the 2015 Sydney Festival, 8-26 January, great mix of Circus, dance, and theatre performances.
James Thierrée, one of the world’s greatest circus performers, returns to Sydney Festival this January with Tabac Rouge, his most extravagant work to date. Thierrée’s newest work portrays the dark and delirious world of a disillusioned ruler (a King Lear or Prospero) haunted by images of beauty and chaos.
“The sharp, sepia-like lighting that flickers off the central piece, a large rusted mirror made up of many smaller pieces, blended with the shrouding clouds of smoke allow Thierrée to create a world which is wholly immersive, playing along with the apocalyptic steampunk aesthetic for a performance that looks and feels as mysterious and wonderful as anything he has done before.”
Power is central, personified within Thierrée’s character, make the distinctive styles performances very much physical, each strong and perfectly in-time with one another.
The production relies almost entirely on the technical skill of the performers and their choreographed movement, given that the narrative is so opaque, fantastical and downright confusing.
He propelling force that pieces the mammoth mirrors, grimy machinery, and superb cast together is ultimately audience imagination, putting the onus on audience to walk away with a tangible idea or walk away with a memory of flashy, surreal stage design and an performers’ technical flair.
Tabac Rouge is a difficult show to comprehend, but it remains an important showing the innovations of Thierrée , who is pushing the boundaries of what audience expect from this famous circus performer.
“A declaration of the power of theatre…a sensational piece of performance art, one that acknowledges theater tradition and pushes it forward as well…. Simply the most gripping and galvanizing theater experience in town. And did I mention that Urinetown is hilarious?”
Bruce Weber, New York Times
For today we choose to share with you ten incredible roles, played in this century, of one of the best actress of today, the amazing Meryl Streep. We really had a difficult job, but it is not easy when you have to choose from 60 roles played in her carrier.
Streep is considered as greatest living actress, and with 18 Oscar nominations (not to mention three wins) throughout her nearly 40-year career, and she really deserves and more than that.
Multi-award -winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, is still played, and you can see it in October at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
We have to understand that theatre is something that most people perceive as out of the ordinary, and attending theatre is most commonly considered to be a special event. This is probably why there is so much fuss about theatre etiquette.
There are different views and opinions on the subject which are the greatest plays in past 100 years, evaluated on different criteria and with different opinions.
A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written in 1947 by American playwright Tennessee Williams for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The working title of this Tennessee Williams most celebrated work was “The Poker Night”.
For today we have chosen for you one amazing theatre play The Lion King,
It is a big event of sound and sight and experience, mix of visual and audio entertainment.
Joan Miro born in (1893) was a famous, Spanish Catalan artist. His birth place by the sea, the scenic seaside town, had a big influence in his style and in his artworks. His was working on sculptures, paintings and ceramic.
Okay, we have to tell you that it is not easy, but if you really want…
We want to give you little help, and to tell you what skills you have to have to work this profession, or as many times we said, it is more than profession, it is the way of life…
Our choice for today is a little travel to Broadway…
We will bring you to the musical theatre, Kinnky Buts, and we hope that you will have a chance to see this show these days…
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