Suzanne Bertish, Michael Cumpsty, Morgan Spector & More Join Rebecca Hall in Roundabout's MACHINAL
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) has just announced the full cast joining Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall as "Young Woman" in a new Broadway production of Machinal, by Sophie Treadwell, directed by Lyndsey Turner.
Machinal will begin previews on Friday, December 20, 2013 and open Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 2, 2014.
Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell. It's America's Golden Age, a time of happiness, freedom and prosperity - or is it? For the Young Woman (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, Machinal is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived.
Machinal premiered on Broadway in 1928 featuring a young Clark Gable in his Broadway debut and then in London in 1931 under the title of The Life Machine. The play was revived in 1993 in London featuring Fiona Shaw, Ciarán Hinds, and John Woodvine and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Roundabout welcomes back Michael Cumpsty & Henny Russell who are currently performing in The Winslow Boy at the American Airlines Theatre, Morgan Spector (Harvey), Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps), Karen Walsh (The Road to Mecca) and Edward James Hyland (The Man Who Had All the Luck).