Past Event

Directing Thesis: Machinal

December 13, 2017 - December 16, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lenfest Center for the Arts


by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Isabelle Kettle '18

A woman is trapped in a suffocating and inhuman world, her only choices defined by men. Desperate to escape, she dares to pursue increasingly reckless forms of protest.

Sophie Treadwell’s extraordinary 1928 play insists on the necessity of conceiving a different future for women. 90 years later, the violence of that imagination remains provocative and radical.


Production Team:

Dramaturg: Lucy Powis

Producer: Bethany Sharp

Production Stage Manager: Alexis Nalbandian

Assistant Stage Managers: Patty Garvey and Dennis Ho

Company Manager: Ricardo Neumann

Composition/Sound Designer/Projection Designer: Felicia King

Choreographers: Ann Cooley and Amos Wolff

Set Designer: Anna Driftmier

Costume Designer: Alexandra Soiseth

Lighting Designer: Eric Norbury

Stunt Choreographer: Samantha Simone



Abby AweJamar BrathwaiteElizabeth ChappelFang DuGiselle Lebleu GantDavid GloverAlexia HartmanThomas LynchThom NiemannEmily OliveiraJames ParentiMary RisingMatt RobertsonQuinn Rol*, Samantha Simone, and Queen Neferteri Zulu*.

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


Director’s Bio:

Isabelle is a New York-based director originally from London. Working with diverse source materials, her artistic goal is to unearth how gender and the body are constructed, performed, and politicised, both historically and theatrically. Previous projects include: Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone, Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber adapted by Bryony Lavery, adaptations of Shakespeare’s King Lear (Lear’s daughters) and As you Like It (Arden Creatures), as well as Chekhov’s Three Sisters (still. they keep flying). She most recently directed Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Une Éducation Manquée with Popup Opera at London’s Arcola Theatre. Isabelle is a co-founder of Footfall Theatre company.