- Two tickets to Machinal
- Where: Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College
- Seating: best available upon redemption
- Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- for admission on Friday, February 13, at 8 p.m., with a post-show champagne reception (up to value)
- $20 for admission on February 14–21 (up to $42 value)
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When the audience first meets the nameless young protagonist of Machinal, she’s living unhappily with her mother, working a job she dislikes, and begrudgingly adhering to the societal expectations placed on her sex. That adherence leads to her to marry her loathsome boss, and eventually to become a mother. But when the woman has an affair with a younger man, it sparks a desire to break free from the bonds of her marriage—by whatever bloody means necessary. Based on the true story of executed murderer Ruth Snyder, Machinal explores timeless themes of repression, passion, and desperation with poetic language and unflinching honesty.
Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal was widely regarded as one of the best plays of the 1920s, and is considered a capstone of that decade’s Expressionist theater movement. And nearly a century after its debut, the piece continues to speak to modern playgoers—the show recently returned to Broadway, where it garnered multiple Tony nominations.
Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College
In 1931, Mary Louise Curtis Bok gave her friend Annie Russell a unique gift: her very own theater. Since its first production, which starred Annie herself in 1932, the Annie Russell Theatre hasn’t had a dark season and has become one of Florida’s longest-running theaters. As an integral part of Rollins College’s department of theater and dance, “The Annie” has also churned out a number of notable graduates, including Buddy Ebsen, Dana Ivey, Christopher Fitzgerald, and an Emmy-winning lighting designer. The theater’s rich history helped it earn a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 and a visit from Annie Russell's ghost.