Directing Thesis: Machinal

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:


General Manager: Bethany Sharp

Production Stage Manager: Alexis Nalbandian

Set Designer: Anna Driftmier

Costume Designer: Alexandra Soiseth

Sound Design & Composition: Felicia King

Lighting Designer: Eric Norbury

Projection Designer: Felicia King

Dance Choreographer: Amos Wolff

Dramaturg: Lucy Powis

Company Manager: Ricardo Neumann

Assistant Stage Managers: Patty Garvey, Dennis Ho




Abby Awe, Jamar Brathwaite, Elizabeth Chappel, Fang Du, Giselle Lebleu Gant, David Glover, Alexia Hartman, Thomas Lynch, Thom Niemann, Emily Oliveira, James Parenti, Mary Rising, Matt Robertson, Quinn Rol*, Samantha Simone, and Queen Neferteri Zulu*.

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


Ticket sales start on November 20


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.

Event Time & Date

Date: Wed December 13, 2017 - Sat December 16, 2017
Time: Dec 13, 8:00 PM
Dec 14, 8:00 PM
Dec 15, 8:00 PM
Dec 16, 2:00 PM
Dec 16, 2:00 PM
Location: Flexible Performance Space
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027

TICKET POLICY: No late seating