Casting Announced for Greenhouse Theater Center's MACHINAL

Casting Announced for Greenhouse Theater Center's MACHINALGreenhouse Theater Center is pleased to announce casting the first production of its 2017-18 season, Artistic Director Jacob Harvey and Elizabeth Margolius' bold reimagining of Sophie Treadwell's most celebrated play, MACHINAL.

MACHINAL will feature Heather Chrisler, Maddie DePorter, Sean Gallagher, Arti Ishak, Cody Proctor, Sarah Rachel Schol, Scott Shimizu, Carin Silkaitis, Paul Michael Thomson and Jonah Winston.

Inspired by the surreal life and trial of famed murderess Ruth Snyder, MACHINAL will play August 11 - September 24, 2017 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Main Stage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for go on sale Monday June 5, 2017 at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336. Season subscription packages are currently available.

MACHINAL will be presented through an educational partnership with North Central College, allowing students to shadow professional actors as the production's understudy cast. Students will be immersed in every facet of the production, serving not only as understudies but as assistant designers and assisting members of the production team, in a program that serves as an extension of classroom work and a springboard into the Chicago theatre community. The student understudy cast will have two guaranteed performances at the Greenhouse, one for a high school audience and one for the public.

One young woman must break out in this exhilarating reimagining of MACHINAL, the American classic inspired by the sensational, true story of murderess Ruth Snyder. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, the young woman finds a thrill in the arms of a flyby lover. But when reality returns, how far will her fight for freedom take her? And who will pay the ultimate price? How do you escape the machine?

"I could not be more thrilled to announce this phenomenal ensemble of performers. This cast is primed and ready to present this intimate exploration of one woman's choice between captivity and freedom," commented Artistic Director Jacob Harvey. "As we head into rehearsal," added Movement Director Elizabeth Margolius, "I cannot wait to bring this cast's diverse experiences and perspectives into focus to illuminate the world of Machinal - a world from our past that still speaks to the struggles facing all of us, especially women."

The production team for MACHINAL to date includes: Nick Thornton (associate director/movement coordinator), Eleanor Kahn (scenic/props design), Eric Watkins (lighting design), Jeffrey Levin (sound design), Darek Lane (stage manager) and Stephen Kossak (asst. stage manager).

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