Mainstage Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC)
Faculty director Kirsten Brandt and a student cast
present this gripping drama inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial
of Ruth Snyder, a New York housewife accused with her lover of killing
her husband. "Machinal" was first produced on Broadway in the fall of
The pair were convicted and executed by electric chair in January 1928,
with Snyder becoming the first woman executed in New York State in the
twentieth century. The sensational story captured the attention of
numerous writers, including Treadwell. The 1944 film noir "Double
Indemnity" starring Barbara Stanwyck was inspired by the Ruth Snyder
A writer with a background in theater, Treadwell began her career in
San Francisco and later moved to New York after covering World War 1 in
Fri-Sun, February 28-March 2 &
Thu-Sun, March 6-9
7:30pm (Sundays at 3:00pm)
Talk-backs: Audiences are invited to 2 post-show conversations after both Saturday performances.
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$15 general admission
$12 seniors (62+)
$12 students w/ ID
- UCSC undergrads w/ valid UCSC ID get 1 ticket free
- Groups of 10 or more: $9 each
- Buy 1 ticket, get a 2nd ticket FREE: both Sunday matinees and Thursday evening performance only.
- UCSC faculty, staff and Alumni Assoc. members w/ valid ID get up to 2 tickets at the student price.
Seating is not reserved. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.
Tickets at santacruztickets.com, the UCSC Ticket Office, and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium box office.
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