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BCC Players Present "Machinal"
Nov 4, 2008
 The BCC Players will perform "Machinal," a 1928 Broadway hit, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20, 21 and 22, at 8pm in the Robert Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College.

"Machinal," by Sophie Treadwell, is a dynamic, expressionistic tragedy based on the sensational 1927 trial of a stenographer, Ruth Snyder, for the murder of her husband. Snyder became the first woman to die in the electric chair.

The play, Treadwell said, is about "a young woman, ready, eager for life, for love, but deadened, squeezed, crushed by the machine-like quality of the life surrounding." Treadwell uses this scenario as a springboard for her own speculations about what circumstances might drive a seemingly harmless stenographer to commit murder.

BCC's production is directed by Associate Professor Ed Wierzbicki, the college's new theatre coordinator and director. The set and lighting are designed by Chris Gregory, and costumes by Cortney Bergin, with sound design by Jeff DePascale. The production stage is managed by BCC theatre major Rachael Silvano and assisted by theatre major Mike Candalet. Cast members include Caitlin Teeley, Gary Cannon, Johnny Segalla, Johanne Borge Keston, Alexander Lenski, Kimberly Gritman, Matthew Coviello, Sean Winters, Daniel Gigliotti, Laura Clark, Nicole Nowe, and Leah Parker.

Tickets for the performance may be reserved by calling the BCC box office at 413-499-0886. Tickets are $10 general admission and $6 for students with ID.

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