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Columbia University School of the Arts presents MACHINAL Directed by Isabelle Kettle


Columbia University School of the Arts presents MACHINAL Directed by Isabelle Kettle

Columbia University School of the Arts is proud to present Isabelle Kettle's (Columbia MFA Directing Candidate 2018) production of MACHINAL.

A woman is trapped in a suffocating and inhuman world; her only choices defined by men. Desperate to escape, she dares to pursue increasingly reckless forms of protest. Sophie Treadwell's extraordinary 1928 play insists on the necessity of conceiving a different future for women. Ninety years later, the violence of that imagination remains provocative and radical.

FEATURING: Abby Awe, Jamar Brathwaite, Elizabeth Chappel, Fang Du, Giselle Lebleu Gant, David Glover, Alexia Hartman, Thomas Lynch, Thom Niemann, Emily Oliveira, James Parenti, Mary Rising, Matt Robertson, Quinn Rol*,Samantha Simone, and Queen Neferteri Zulu*.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

General Manager Bethany Sharp, Production Stage Manager Alexis Nalbandian, Company Manager Ricardo Neumann,Dramaturg Lucy Powis, Set Designer Anna Driftmier, Costume Designer Alexandra Soiseth, Lighting Designer Eric Norbury,Sound and Projection Designer Felicia King, Choreographers Ann Cooley and Amos Wolff, Stunt Choreographer Samantha Simone, Asst. Stage Managers Patty Garvey and Dennis Ho.

MACHINAL will run for a strictly limited engagement at The Lenfest Center for the Arts at 615 W. 129th St. Performances are December 13-16 at 8 pm, with a 2 pm matinee Saturday, December 16.

Tickets: $15 General Admission/ $5 Seniors/ FREE with Student ID (enter code: "STUDENT").

Ticketing Info:

Isabelle Kettle is a New York-based director originally from London. Working with diverse source materials, her artistic goal is to unearth how gender and the body are constructed, performed, and politicized, both historically and theatrically. Previous projects include: Anne Carson's translation of Antigone, Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber adapted by Bryony Lavery, adaptations of Shakespeare's King Lear(Lear's Daughters) and As You Like It (Arden Creatures), as well as Chekhov's Three Sisters (still. they keep flying) She most recently directed Emmanuel Chabrier's opera Une Education Manquee with Popup Opera at London's Arcola Theatre. Isabelle is a co-founder of Footfall Theatre company.

About Columbia Stages and Columbia University School of the Arts:

The Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies at Columbia University School of the Arts presents a season of thesis actor and director productions as well as a festival of new plays by emerging playwrights each year. The Theatre Program at the School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Stage Management, and Theatre Management & Producing. For more information about the Theatre Program, visit

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