May 27, 2019  

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Southern Miss Theatre Presents Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

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The University of Southern Mississippi will continue its Spring 2015 theatre season with a production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Performance dates are March 26, 27, 28, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m.

A pre-show talk will be held at 1 p.m. prior to the March 29 matinee performance. All performances will take place in Hartwig Theatre of the Southern Miss Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $8. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800) 844-8425, visiting or at the box office prior to each performance.

Based on the execution of murderer Ruth Snyder, Machinal reveals the humanity of a single woman in a repressive world. Stylish and gritty, this play stands out as the most celebrated American drama of the Expressionist movement, with themes that continue to resonate with women today.

Moriah Whiteman, a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance candidate from Anderson, S.C., is playing the role of “Young Woman.”

“I'm excited to give my character a voice even when her peers don’t think she deserves one,” said Whiteman. “Whether she makes the right choices or not, I'm excited to give her the autonomy to make a choice.”

“Although I have done extensive research, distilling it down to women's role in society has really informed every aspect of the character of ‘Young Woman.’ She represents everyone who feels out of place in a world that likes to categorize you,” Whiteman added.

Nathan Adam Sullivan, a Master of Fine Arts in Directing candidate from Jonesboro, Ark., is directing Machinal.

 “We all face pressures like the play’s Young Woman does. Her struggle for individuality and ownership is the same as ours,” said Sullivan. “We may be in the digital age now, but our spark of humanity is just as in danger of being snuffed out. I hope this show will be like nothing the audience has experienced before. Prepare to be surprised. Prepare to be moved. It’s a bumpy, tough ride with a powerful ending.”

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