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(clockwise from left) Stuart Featheran, Bella Guiney, Harrison Terstegge, and Jewel Perez

Machinal, by playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, was inspired by the real-life 1928 case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder. It is considered one of the highpoints of Expressionist theatre on the American stage, emphasizing high intensity and stylized movement. Thought provoking, tragic and full of symbolism, Machinal shows the subjective reality of a single woman thrust into an overly mechanized, materialistic world.

Windward Community College and Palikū Theatre present Machinal, directed by Taurie Kinoshita, at Palikū Theatre April 21–30, 2023.

“I chose Machinal in response to the repression currently happening across America,” said Kinoshita.

The cast features Marie Richter (Demigods Anonymous, Palikū), Stuart Featheran (The Wind and the Reckoning film), Noah Nakachi (Oriental Faddah and Son, Palikū), Sydney Ishikawa (Gone Feeshing, Kumu Kahua Theatre), Chivalry Butler (Taming of the Shrew, Hawaii Shakespeare Festival) and many more.

In addition to Machinal, there will be a 30-minute companion piece The Stain by Timothy Kimura, a one-act play about mental illness set in Kapahulu during the 1930s.

Show dates and times

  • Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30, 3 p.m.

Ticket information

  • $20 General
  • $15 Senior, UH faculty/staff and active military with ID
  • $10 Youth and college students with ID
  • (Suitable for ages 14+; running time is approximately two hours)
  • For tickets and more information, visit or call (808) 235-7315.

To learn about theatre classes offered at Windward CC and the new Hawaiʻi Conservatory of Performing Arts, visit or contact Associate Professor Nicolas Logue at

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