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Machinal Poster, WomanFall 2017 Production

MACHINAL  by Sophie Treadwell

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson 

Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell

Auditions: September 5th & 6th, with Callbacks on Sept. 7th, 2017.  Please click on “Auditions” for details.

Performances:  October 27th, 28th, 29th (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & November 2nd, 3rd, 4th (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2017

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performances starting at 2 p.m.

Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 expressionist play was inspired by the sensational 1927 New York murder trial of Ruth Snyder. The story, told in nine episodes, focuses on the Young Woman as she navigates the oppressive, mechanized, hard society and the cultural expectations placed on her—and all women at the time. “Machinal uses expressionist techniques to create a parable about ‘an ordinary young woman’ who lives in a mechanized, materialistic world. Treadwell takes Helen through the stages of a kind of modern Everywoman: work in a boring office, marriage to a boss who offers her financial security (‘he’s a Vice-President–of course he’s decent’ her mother insists), a motherhood that oppresses her and a lover who abandons her.” – Judith Barlow

CAST: Minimum of 14 actors—8 men, 6 women.

Student Poster, ScriptWinter 2017 Production


Directors: UIS Students Enrolled in the fall 17 semester course THE 476 Directing for the Theatre

Auditions: In Early November, 2017.

Performances: December 4th & 5th, 2017

UIS THEATRE announces the return of the very popular “Student Directed Scenes,” which showcases the final projects of students in the Fall 2017 “Directing for the Theatre” class (THE 476). Join us in the Studio Theatre for an interesting variety pack of scenes from contemporary American plays. Numerous casting opportunities are available for these scenes.

Six Characters Poster, ColorSpring 2018 Production

SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR by Luigi Pirandello  (In a New Adaptation by Robert Brustein)

Director: Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell

Auditions: January 21st & 22nd, with Callbacks on Jan. 23rd, 2018. Please click on “Auditions” for details after the fall ’17 production is cast.

Performances:  April 13th, 14th, 15th (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & April 19th, 20th, 21st (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2018

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performances starting at 2 p.m.

Originally written in 1921, “6 Characters…” is an absurdist metatheatrical play…our production will be the 1998 Robert Brustein adaptation, which has been described by the publisher as a “highly acclaimed adaption of Pirandello’s masterpiece, a study in illusion and reality which follows a group of characters who try to fashion their life stories into acceptable drama.” – Samuel French Publisher

The story: A group of theatre artists rehearse a known play…and get interrupted by 6 characters from another play, which was never finished by its author. These 6 characters find themselves in a purgatory of sorts, trying to find a “home” for their stories to live in.

Pirandello’s play reminds us that all great art takes on a life of its own, after being created, and we are challenged to find meaningful difference between a work-in-progress and its eventual effects on audience members.

CAST: 9 men, 2 women (+ 2 young boys/girls)

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