Rebecca Hall's first time on Broadway was also the first Broadway revival of Machinal, Sophie Treadwell's Expressionist play based on the real-life murder trial of Ruth Snyder. Playing the Young Woman, a nondescript person trapped in a passionless marriage with an unwanted child, Hall portrayed her character's deeply rooted panic and claustrophobia inspired by the machinery of modern life through impressively delivered stream of consciousness monologues. "In the play, she's described as a young woman who's like any woman. I think Treadwell is trying to say there is nothing particularly extraordinary about her. She's an Everywoman, and the story's about how an ordinary woman, in not extraordinary circumstances, is driven to murder. Nothing makes her mad or crazy. She's normal," Hall told Playbill.com. Read Playbill.com's interview with Hall here.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.