ISBN: 1854592114
ISBN 13: 9781854592118
By: Sophie Treadwell

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creepy cover, but great play! 4.5. liked the expressionist style a lot.


A beautiful haunting important play. Theatrical innovation in the 20's never fails to astound me.


I'd like to do this....Melanie, you out there?

Nick Pappas

One of the major, and forgotten female playwrights. She was the forerunner of Mamet, Beckett, and Pinter. And a true contemporary of Brechet. Good play, nice to read, better to see performed.

Jen Klug

I guess I expected this to feel more dated than it did, maybe even campy. But it was very moving. Haunting, even. I'd love to see it performed.

The Steele

A little bit wild, and mechanical (as it is supposed to be). Treadwell shows how modern life consumes people and turns them into a series of functions. I would like to see it on stage, and was worth the hour it took to read, but not my favorite.


after reading this several times and falling in love with treadwell's expressionistic ideas, language, and use of sounds, I decided to direct this play as a senior project in college. though i probably did it no credit, i wouldn't have chosen anything else. very profound, very difficult material. my copy has become a very fragile corpse.


I've seen it done best at Sarah Lawrence (directed by Kevin Confoy) and it's absolutely breathtaking if done right. Unfortunately it gets overshadowed by Chicago and they are two completely different kinds of stories about women and their lack of rights and sometimes even direction. It's hard to imagine a time when you couldn't even fathom your own independence so you have to make steps where nobody's ever tread before. It helps that Sophie was a journalist at the time and so can give us a sneak peek into the news of the time through this story.I did once see The Actor's Studio try to make it a musical and I almost wanted to peel my skin off.

Donovan Foote

I think this play would be excellent. It's not really a great read though. I mean, it's a good story but there's so much going on in the way of stage direction and different characters that it gets hard to follow. So, go see the play.


i was strangely fascinated by this obnoxious obnoxious play

Cecily Erker

I read this because SLU is putting it on as their next production, and I wanted to audition for it. This is probably a play that has to be seen to be fully appreciated, because of the Expressionist sound effects, but I liked the script, as simple as it was. It's probably hard for people to understand why the character remained so passive until the last second, but I can identify with her feelings of helplessness and that everyone is in control of your life but you. She always had choices and multiple opportunities to take control of her life, but she couldn't see them because of her fear and passivity that had been ingrained in her by nearly all her life experiences. That's probably the real tragedy of the play.


It is a good play for a central female character. I found the writing style to be very interesting. I could sense what the playwright was trying to do but it also made me disconnect from the central character a bit. It was ok.


This is actually a play so, well I read the script. I found it in my house! It is about a journalist in America. She is assigned to write about a woman who killed her husband with her boyfriend and who was sentenced to murder. It is a very angry book! But it was quite a successful play. I really liked it. I do not often enjoy this type of book but i liked it because it was written as a play, I suppose.

Dave Cotton

An excellent example of theatrical expressionism. I can't wait to share this one with my students. I am so grateful that Roundabout Theater has revived it and brought it to my attention.


i love expressionist theatre. this one is based on the story of the first woman exectued in new york...powerful stuff, really. i did this play in college. meeeeemories....light the corners of my mind...

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