Machinal By Sophie Treadwell

What drives a seemingly harmless stenographer to commit murder? Based loosely on real-world events, Machinal by Sophie Treadwell seeks to answer this question.  The Moriane Valley Theater will be presenting Machinal in the Spring semester.  In honor of this event, we wanted to post some resources to help students who are interested in conducting their own research:

Here is the blurb from the Moraine Valley Theater page:

  • Machinal By Sophie Treadwell April 29-May 1Sunday, May 2John and Angeline Oremus TheaterDirected by Dr. Craig RosenA 1928 Broadway hit, Machinal is a modern age tragedy of isolation turned to murder. The play, Sophie Treadwell said, is about “a young woman, ready, eager for life, for love…but deadened, squeezed, crushed by the machine-like quality of the life surrounding.” Loosely based on the sensational 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Treadwell uses this scenario as a springboard for her own speculations about what circumstances might drive a seemingly harmless stenographer to commit murder.

Private Lives

In February, the Moraine Valley Academic Theater will be performing the Noel Coward play Private Lives. Want something subversive? He wrote, I think very few people are completely normal, really, deep down in their private lives. Coward digs into this abnormality in this play. There are many facets suggested by the play, so want to offer some resources to students dig a bit deeper.

Here is the blurb from the MVCC Theater page:

  • Private Lives By Noel CowardFeb. 25-27 and March 5-6 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.John and Angeline Oremus Theater, Directed by Dr. Craig RosenElyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. A unique play with four successful Broadway runs. 

Evil Dead: The Musical

Evil Dead…the Musical? Yes, it is true. The Moraine Valley Academic Theater will be performing Evil Dead: The Musical during the post-Halloween/pre-Thanksgivisng limbo in November. In honor of this big event, we librarians have compiled a list of useful (fun?) resources to help anyone in the audience to be better informed/prepared for what they are going to witness…

Here are a few books that you can pick up here in the library:

  • The Horror Film: An Introduction by Rick Worland PN1995.9.H6 W64 2007
  • The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal PN1995.9.H6 S57 2001
  • Vampire legends in contemporary American culture : what becomes a legend most by William Patrick Day PS374.V35 D39 2002

Want to watch some films? Here are some DVDs:

  • Dracula PN1995.9.D64 D733853 2006
  • Carrie PN1997 .C367 1976
  • The Ring PN1997 .R58 2005

Here is the blurb about the musical from the MVCC theater site:

  • Evil Dead: The Musical, Nov. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.Dorothy Menker Theater, Directed by Tommy HenselBook & Lyrics By George Reinblatt, Music By Frank Cipolla/Christopher Bond/Melissa Morris/George Reinblatt: Based on Sam Raimi’s 1980s cult classic films, Evil Dead tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy, and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons, Look Who’s Evil Now and Do the Necronomicon.

Female chauvinist pigs in the Library

Here’s a new book that caught my eye: Female chauvinist pigs: women and the rise of raunch culture by Ariel Levy. Here’s the publisher’s description:

  • Meet the Female Chauvinist Pig — the new brand of “empowered woman” who embraces “raunch culture” wherever she finds it. In her groundbreaking book, New York magazine writer Ariel Levy argues that, if male chauvinist pigs of years past thought of women as pieces of meat, Female Chauvinist Pigs of today are doing them one better, making sex objects of other women — and of themselves. Irresistibly witty and wickedly intelligent, Female Chauvinist Pigs makes the case that the rise of raunch does not represent how far women have come; it only proves how far they have left to go.

This book is now available for check out in the library.

The Future of Book Banning

For students who might be topic shopping in the future, here is a potential topic. Over the summer Amazon.com removed the books 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindles of readers without their permission or knowledge. Technology has presented a new way to delete information from readers. Here is an interesting blog post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation about this incident, The Future of Book Banning. Here is an example of technology shifting around existing laws and practicies.

Who’s Running in 2010?

This fall the primary season will really kick off. (The primary election will be this February.) Right now, everyone under the sun is considering running for some other office (exept Lisa Madigan who announced that she will remain Attorney General). You need a scorecard to keep track of who is running for what. Well, the Chicago Public Radio Blog has a blog post, Who’s Running in 2010?, to help you keep track. They include Senate, Cook County Board President, Governor, 10th Congressional District, Comptroller, Treasurer, and Lt. Governor.

Local Media & the Future of Chicago Journalism

There is little debate that newspapers across the US are dying or undergoing painful drops in circulation. (For more info visit this CQ Researcher story, “The Future of Journalism” MVCC ID required from off campus.) There was a good podcast about what is happening in Chicago here from the City Voices Podcast entitled, Future of Chicago Journalism. Here are a view bright spots in online Web journalism at:

World Digital Archive from U.N.

I came across this post, United Nations Opens World Digital Library, on the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Wired Campus Blog.  I wanted to send along these links: 

This is a good sign that our cultural organizations worldwide are moving more and more info to the Web.  

Got Religion? We Do…books

I was browsing the new book shelf, and I noticed a range of new books on different religions.  I thought they deserved a blog post.