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Women and Leadership Archives


Machinal Reception & Talk Back

Machinal Reception & Talk Back


Reception/Talk Back immediately following the 7:30PM performance • Mundelein, Palm Court, 4th Floor

Loyola Lake Shore Campus

Theatre Mainstage Production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, directed by Ann M. Shanahan

As a kickoff event for Women’s History Month, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Women’s Studies and Gender Studies (WSGS), Women and Leadership Archives (WLA), and the departments of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA), History, and Criminal Justice and Criminology (CJC) host a talk back and reception following the performance of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal in the Newhart Family Theatre.

Considered groundbreaking when first produced in 1928, both for its expressionist style and controversial depiction of a woman executed for the murder of her husband, Machinal will be the focus of the talk back with members of Loyola’s faculty, including production director Ann M. Shanahan and Paula Wisotzki (DFPA), WSGS Director Betsy Jones Hemenway and Rachel Boyle (Newberry Library), and Brandi Vigil and Loretta Stalans (CJC). Topics will include the history of feminism in relation to the criminal justice system and the depiction of women in performance and fine art. A special focus will be given to both of these topics in relation to the history of Mundelein College, founded the year after the play’s premiere in 1929. Mundelein College was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in 1930 and provided education in an all-women’s setting until affiliating with nearby Loyola in 1991.

This program is a companion piece to “Female Figures: Then and Now” on March 24 and "Women's Narrative Workshop" on March 25, for a month-long focus on a history of women in the arts. Refreshments will be served and admission is free to the reception/talk back.

Tickets to the play may be purchased at artsevents.LUC.edu/theatre, boxoffice@LUC.edu, or 773.508.8400.