2Machinal - Hausheer 1 Kristin Hausheer HR 212 Dr. Hasler...

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Hausheer Kristin Hausheer HR 212 Dr. Hasler 27 April 2010 Reflection on Saint Louis University’s production of Machinal Sophie Treadwell’s play first appeared on Broadway in 1928 with Clark Gable in the role of the lover, Dick Roe. The title translates to “automatic” in French. It is loosely based on the trial of Ruth Snyder, a woman from the 1920’s who was executed for the murder of her husband. She was assisted by her lover, Judd Gray, and condemned to die in the electric chair. Machinal is most often praised for bringing expressionism into American drama. This movement is chiefly marked by a suffering protagonist who wars against imposed bourgeois values. Expressionist plays are also termed Stationendramen (station plays), in relation to the suffering of Jesus Christ at the Stations of the Cross. Expressionist theatre seeks to heighten the intensity of dramatic productions in an effort to expose the naked causes of human suffering. In Saint Louis University’s production of
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2011 for the course ENG 202 taught by Professor Rhoner during the Spring '11 term at Saint Louis.

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2Machinal - Hausheer 1 Kristin Hausheer HR 212 Dr. Hasler...

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