MACHINAL

Genre: Drama
Written by Sophie Treadwell, Directed by Dana Dobreva

New York City - 1928. Away from the bustle of Wall Street and the jazz of speakeasies, Helen Jones is trapped and suffocated by her duties as a daughter, a wife, and a mother. Yet after tasting a glimpse of passion and freedom through a brief love affair, she is unable to return to the confinement of her marriage and decides to do something no woman of her time would have dared... Only to have the machine of society and human justice force her back into submission.

Inspired by the notorious Snyder-Gray murder trial, Sophie Treadwell's Machinal first premiered on Broadway with Clark Gable in the role of Richard Roe and has been performed around the world for over 80 years. While very progressive in its original context, the play still remains one of the landmarks of American drama.
Open:   09/01/10
Close:   09/11/10

Schedule:
9/1 @8pm, 9/4 @2pm, 9/5 @8pm, 9/6 @8pm, 9/7 @8pm, 9/8 @8pm, 9/11 @2pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20 regular, $15 students (with valid photo ID)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Wings Theatre Box Office at 212-627-2961
Company: Zephyer Rep

Anna Podolak (Helen Jones) appears on stages both in Poland and the U.S. Her recent stage credits include: Mika The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams written and directed by Barbara Kahn. Beth in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind (Michael Chekhov Theatre Company), Red Ridding Hood (Polish Theater Institute) Mrs. Gould in Mrs. Gould Fourth Annual Holiday Special (St. George Productions NJ), The Divine Comedy (Akt 21 Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Theatre of J. Osterwa, Poland). Anna is also a member of ALAT etc currently working on The Red Tent Fabric. Her film credits include The Winner (sir. Wieslaw Saniewski), Double Breath (dir. Rafal Janus), A&E Biographies. Thank You Dana for offering me this amazing journey, and thank you to my family for their eternal love and support. www.annapodolak.com.

Bill Drain (George H. Jones) recently appeared at Theatre 3 as Dr. Adnan in The Awakening directed by Annie Ward.  Other theatre credits include Cassat and Degas (Edgar Degas), Andy and Edie (Fuzzy Sedgwick), and Soccer Moms from Hell (Schuyler Harrison III).   He has also played the leads in the Atlantic Acting School Directors’ Workshop productions of Arthur Miller’s The Price (Victor) and A View from the Bridge (Eddie Carbone, Bill’s favorite role).  His numerous independent film credits include the starring role of David Wilder, a former matinee idol, in And Then . . . written, directed and produced by two time Emmy-winning filmmaker Christopher Dalrymple.  He has appeared as a lead in the popular Nippon TV (Japan) show World’s Astonishing News as Tom O’Donnell, a charming con man - and murderer.  Bill is grateful to Dana Dobreva and the Zephyer Rep/Wings Theatre for the opportunity to participate in this production of Sophie Treadwell’s fascinating play, Machinal.

Peter Zerneck (Richard Roe). Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Peter's acting career began in 2004 with a featured role in the CBS miniseries, Reversible Errors.  Peter has studied acting at The Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City, under acclaimed teacher Sam Groom, and currently is part of the improvisation program at the Upright Citizens Brigade training center.  Most recently, Peter played the role of Sty in a new production of Things We Want.  In other recent theater work, Peter received critical acclaim for his portrayal of former president George W. Bush, in the off-broadway comedy George and Laura Bush Perform…Our Favorite Sitcom Episodes.  Peter can soon be seen in the forthcoming feature film Freakonomics, directed by Morgan Spurlock.  For more information visit: www.peterzerneck.com.

Tina Mavrikidis (Mother). Tina performed in the church for over 15 years.  During that time she was encouraged to "Go into the Real World" and perform.  Three years ago she did just that!  Tina has been performing in Indie Films, Student Films, Music Videos and even did a webisode for Comedy Central.  Her NY debut was in a play called: "A Promise Best Kept" at The Theatre for The New City.  The play met with rave reviews and so did Tina's performance.  Here's what Andrew Martin said about her:  "However, it is Tina Mavrikidis, in multiple roles as neighbor Edna, birth mother Catherine, and a short bit as policewoman Lutella, who simply grabs every moment by the throat and won't let go!"  Tina would like to thank Dana Dobreva for all her insight and direction!  She would also like to thank Anna Podolak for being the perfect daughter!  :)  It was a real blessing working with all of the very talented cast and crew!

Tiffany Simms (Telephone Girl / Prosecution Lawyer). Hailing from the hills of West Virginia, Ms. Simms has always loved to sacrifice her self-respect to make others laugh. Ms. Simms has trained at the William Esper Studio, and while in New York, she has performed at the Oberia Dempsey Theater in Harlem, booked the lead role in a potential pilot, played the bride in Dorothy Parker’s “Here We Are”, worked on multiple short films and commercials, and joined the 12 Miles West and Bramblebush Theater Companies as an artist in residence, where she is currently being mentored as she writes new works for the stage. She is very grateful for the love and support from friends and family.

Logan Ford (Filing Clerk / Bailiff / Priest).  This is Logan’s New York stage debut.  Past credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, The Seagull, Macbeth, You Can't Take it With You, 12th Annual Flannel Shorts, The Tales of the Lost Formicians, Holiday, and Lysistrata at UNCG Theatre as well as Henry V at North Carolina Governor's School.  Education: BFA Acting degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Tracy Jennissen (Stenographer / Nurse / Matron), originally from Canada, began her acting career with improv at The Second City.  Since moving to New York she has graduated fro The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and has gained recognition for her talent in various roles.  Theatre: Something Outrageous, (CXT Productions), Brooklyn Bets Alexi, (BBA Productions), Reality Sandwiches, (Kaleidoscope Films), The Woman and Top Girls (Stella Adler), Film: In Memory of Days to Come, Task Master and I Ate the Whole Thing.

Yuval Segal (Adding Clerk / Doctor / Judge) is an actor, a writer, a dubbing actor, director and translator. Yuval was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After serving in the army as a film maker, he started acting in plays such as Conversation with my Father, Marvin's Room, and wrote and acted in the Israeli sitcom Hapijamot. Yuval contributed his voice in Hebrew for movies such as Ice Age – The Meltdown, Over the Hedge, The Simpson's movie, Toy Story 1 & 3 and more. Yuval Came to New York in 2007, graduate the "The New Actors Workshop" and acted in the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Premise Theatre) and Nights Before (The Theatre Project). Yuval would like to thank Dana Dobreva, the Zephyer Rep Productions and the cast & crew of “Machinal” for this unique experience.

Rob Azzinari (Harry / Defense Lawyer / Barber) is making his Wings Theatre/Zephyer Rep debut.  He's a native New Yorker and a veteran of the New York City Stand-up scene in addition to being trained actor, having appeared in independent films and numerous television commercials throughout North America and Europe.  He likens Stand-up to a boxing match, pitting the performer and his wits one on one with the audience and having to deliver or risk the dreaded knock out.  So, with this experience, he's very enthusiastic and honored to be working with a fantastic crew and talented cast of actors to bring this show together as a team.  Rob is currently devoting much of his time to writing; whether it be lavish and non-for profit gala's, screenplays or something for his own animation website.  He wants to seize any opportunity to take creative chances and put a variety of content out there for people to experience, he always hopes they like it but if they're not on the same wavelength, well he says "the rent's due on the first of the month anyway."  He's excited to be working with Dana and do his part(s) to make "Machinal" a memorable experience for all who attend.

David Melchionne is a recent graduate of Le Moyne College where he appeared in many plays, such as Translations, As You Like It, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. This will mark David’s debut with Wings Theatre/ Zephyer Rep, and he is thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of artists for his first NYC production.  

Dana Dobreva (Director) is a resident director at Zephyer Rep. Credits include: Bird House, Buried, Arrested, Polaroid Stories, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Butterfly, and two original musicals: Soul Notes and Puppets and Shadows. Dana has studied Balinese shadow puppetry, masked-dance drama, Dervish dancing, Cham mysteries, Commedia dell’Arte, and Beijing opera as part of the Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory. She has also taught theater in Namibia and researched Afro-Brazilian dances and tango in South America.

 

Claudio Marquez (Composer) is originally from Venezuela and grew up in the States.  His dogs, Mercutio and Cyrano, taught him the beauty of hidden frequencies, and since then he has dedicated himself to finding his own.  After a marathon 22-year academic career including Berklee College of Music and NYU, he is now available for back-scratches.  At least that’s what his dogs say.