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WFU begins theatre season with the murder of a husband

September 10, 2007

The Wake Forest University Theatre will begin its 2007-2008 season with “Machinal” by reporter and playwright Sophie Treadwell. 

The play will run Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 3-7.  Curtain time is 7:30 p.m., except for a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Oct. 7.  All performances will be held at the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $5 for students and are available through the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office noon to 5 p.m.  To contact the box office, call (336) 758-5295.

Inspired by the 1927 Ruth Snyder murder trial, “Machinal” follows the life of a young woman struggling against the machine of society’s expectations and values.  The plot develops in nine episodes.  The expressionist play looks to discover the motivating factors that may cause a young woman to murder her husband.  

Brook Davis, associate professor of theatre at Wake Forest, is the director of the play.

The season will include three other primary productions:

“Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, directed by John Friedenberg, Nov. 2-3 and Nov. 7-11.  A classic American play that takes the audience on a journey into the jury room of a capital murder case.

“Wings” by Arthur Kopit, directed by Cindy Gendrich, Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 27-March 2.  An exploration of the human mind and our dependence on language.

“The Gondoliers” by Gilbert and Sullivan, directed by James Dodding, April 4-5 and April 9-13.  One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operettas that comically tells the tale of two handsome gondolier brothers.

The season will also include Studio Series plays, which consist of several one-act plays directed by senior theatre majors, Oct. 15-16 and March 24-25.  Studio Series tickets are $2 each and are available at the door of the Ring Theatre prior to each performance.  More information about the performances will be announced. 

Separate from the official season will be at least one production by the Anthony Aston Players, a group of student comedic performers.

For details on the entire theatre season, visit

Season tickets are available through the Theatre Box Office.  Call (336) 758-5295 for more information.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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