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Confining women : the physical world of Machinal

Author: Xiyu Lin
Publisher: [Long Beach, California] : California State University, Long Beach, 2018.
Dissertation: M.F.A. California State University, Long Beach 2018
Series: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, Department of Theatre Arts.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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Abstract: In order to understand the world of Machinal, I researched the Snyder-Gray trial that inspired Sophie Treadwell to write the piece. This trial, in which a seemingly innocuous housewife was accused of conspiring with her lover to murder her husband, was a springboard to create the drama titled Machinal. The analysis of the Ruth Snyder case revealed a disguised misogyny that would be reflected in my scenic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Drama
Named Person: Sophie Treadwell
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Xiyu Lin
ISBN: 9780438024298 043802429X
OCLC Number: 1054714782
Description: 1 online resource (iii, 23 pages) : color illustrations
Series Title: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, Department of Theatre Arts.
Responsibility: by Xiyu Lin.

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Abstract: In order to understand the world of Machinal, I researched the Snyder-Gray trial that inspired Sophie Treadwell to write the piece. This trial, in which a seemingly innocuous housewife was accused of conspiring with her lover to murder her husband, was a springboard to create the drama titled Machinal. The analysis of the Ruth Snyder case revealed a disguised misogyny that would be reflected in my scenic design, which depicts the world of Helen, grappling with her husband for freedom under the societal expectations of women. In the background, the ever-present typists sit on a platform looking down upon the stage, effectively blocking Helen's exits. Recording her life in real time, they represent the prevailing public opinions that influenced Helen's decisions. Trapped downstage, the bed was the only place where Helen could hide or protect herself from social pressures; it symbolized both her sanctuary and her prison. My scenic design created a simple but effective world to tell the story of Machinal, emphasizing the concept that, although Helen was freed by death, social oppression and discrimination against women persists to the present day.

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