Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
Direction: Avra Sidiropoulou
Premiere at the Cyprus Theatre Organisation’s New Stage
Starting this Friday, 8 April 2022, and every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the New Stage of the Cyprus Theatre Organisation presents Sophie Treadwell's play “Machinal”, directed by Avra Sidiropoulou. The actors and the production's creative team trace the author's mechanized world to gradually breathe life into the various facets of the female experience.
Machinal, one of the most important works of contemporary American drama, written by a particularly sharp voice, Sophie Treadwell, focuses on female identity, the critical moments of her struggle to cope with the weight of her multiple social roles, the oppression she suffers in both her family and work environment, but also her desires, what she longs for and what remains buried in the turmoil of everyday life.
The author uses a real event as her starting point to convey, in highly rhythmic language, a young woman's agonizing struggle to maintain the supposed normality of her existence, documenting the transitional stages in the course of her life: from marriage to honeymoon, from work to home, and from motherhood to an extramarital affair.
The director, Avra Sidiropoulou, and the dynamic team of collaborators who accompany her confront the expressionistic style of the play to create on stage with words, sound and images the journey of this woman towards the assertion of her personal freedom.
Translation: Giorgos Depastas
Director: Avra Sidiropoulou
Set design: George Tenentes
Costumes: Lydia Mandridou
Music: Vanias Apergis
Movement: Panagiotis Tofi
Video Art: Artemis Tzavra-Bulloch
Lighting Design: Stavros Tartaris
Assistant Director: Maria Hadjistulli
Performing: George Anagiotos, Fotis Apostolidis, Christina Konstantinou,Panos Makris, Georgina Tatsis, Konstantinos Tsitsios, Medea Hanna, Myrsini Christodoulou
photo: ©Panayiotis Mina