Theater: “Machinal”

by Sophie Treadwell
Friday, February 28, 2014 - Sunday, March 9, 2014
Mainstage Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Theater Arts Department

Faculty director Kirsten Brandt and a student cast present this ground-breaking 1928 drama inspired by the infamous murder trial of Ruth Snyder, a New York housewife accused with her lover of killing her husband. The pair were convicted and executed by electric chair in January 1928, with Snyder becoming the first woman executed in New York State in the twentieth century.

"Machinal" was first produced on Broadway in the fall of 1928 and starred a young Clark Gable. It is currently back on Broadway this month.

The sensational story captured the attention of numerous journalists and writers of the time, including the author Sophie Treadwell. The 1944 film noir "Double Indemnity" starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray was also inspired by the Ruth Snyder case. Please join director Kirsten Brandt at a special screening of the film at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Mon. February 24.

A writer with a background in theater, Sophie Treadwell began her career in San Francisco and later moved to New York after covering World War 1 in Europe.

Fri-Sun, February 28-March 2 &
Thu-Sun, March 6-9

7:30pm (Sundays at 3:00pm)

Talk-backs: Audiences are invited to 2 post-show conversations after both Saturday performances.

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$15 general admission

$12 seniors (62+)

$12 students w/ ID

Special offers:
- UCSC undergrads w/ valid UCSC ID get 1 ticket free
- Groups of 10 or more: $9 each
- Buy 1 ticket, get a 2nd ticket FREE: both Sunday matinees and Thursday evening performance only.
- UCSC faculty, staff and Alumni Assoc. members w/ valid ID get up to 2 tickets at the student price.

Seating is not reserved.
 Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.
Tickets at santacruztickets.com, the UCSC Ticket Office, and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium box office.


Parking $4