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Boston Conservatory presents Sophie Treadwell’s ‘Machinal’


The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble presents Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 Expressionist play Machinal, Nov . 19—22 at Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St., in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood. (NOTE: Due to renovations at the Conservatory’s theater building at 31 Hemenway Street, The Boston Conservatory’s theater performances will take place at Midway Studios during the 2009-2010 season.) Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 general admission, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for all students with valid ID. Box Office: bostonconservatory.edu/tickets or (617) 912-9222. 
 
Machinal, is a play loosely based on the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, a Long Island housewife convicted of and executed for conspiring with her lover to murder her husband. The play, which is considered a classic of expressionism, was a Broadway hit in 1928, with a cast that included Clark Gable.
 
According to Director Doug Lockwood, “In making the world of Machinal with 14 actors, we are using Viewpoints and Suzuki Actor Training Techniques. We are working very physically to find our own expressive ways of telling this story about a young woman who feels suffocated and isolated from every part of the world around her and who keeps seeking to find fresh air and any kind of real, human connection.”
 
Boston Conservatory faculty member Doug Lockwood is a founding member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project and has performed in King Lear (in Boston and Off-Broadway), Measure for Measure and Richard III. He has performed Wallace Shawn’s one person show, The Fever, in 44 living rooms from 2002 to the present. In Boston, he has performed with New Rep Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Wheelock Family Theatre. He has performed two summers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Lockwood has taught for The 52nd Street Project in New York City, and here in Boston for New Repertory Theatre, the Huntington Theatre, The Wheelock Family Theatre, Emerson College, and the Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At The Boston Conservatory, Lockwood has directed Landscape of the Body, and a concert version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His short play, Baggage, was the winner of the Boston Public School Short Play Development Award in 2006.

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