“Machinal,” A Student Production by Theater Fairfield

Submitted by Enerida Ademi '13 on November 9, 2009

Theater Fairfield presented “Machinal,” a play written by Sophie Treadwell and directed by Dr. Marti LoMonaco. The shows ran from Wednesday, October 28 through Saturday October 31 at 8 p.m. Performances were at the Wien Experimental Black Box Theatre located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

“It’s a lot of hard work for a short but rewarding ending,” said Assistant Stage Manager Jacob Periello ’13. He was involved the full eight weeks of rehearsal leading up to the show, and helped organize the crew the last two weeks, during production and tech week. The actors and crew describe “Tech Week,” the week before the show, as the time they work the hardest. On Saturday and Sunday they practice from 9 a.m. till 11 p.m. The lead of the show, Alex Burke ’11, “had to be at every practice because she was in most of the scenes. She is brilliant and works very hard,” said Periello ’13.

“I think the show is going to go well. We devote a lot of hours to getting a scene right,” said Michael Maio ’13, who himself had six parts in the show.

“Both the cast and crew put hours and hours into something they feel passionate about. It is a privilege on my part to see the product of their work,” added Nicole Laskowski ’12, whose twin sister Nancy Laskowski ’12 worked in the costume crew.

The performance left the audience awestruck. There was an elongated applause and a standing ovation. The questions about society were evident, and the audience was able to understand it throughout the production.

“The story just hooked you in,” said Gabriella Tozzi ’13, who attended opening night on Wednesday, October 28th. “The lead was a very strong character and I felt connected with the emotions on stage.”

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