Girl in the Machine

Play Title: Girl In the Machine

Author (s):  Stef Smith

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

Publication Date: March 31st, 2017

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Technology

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: N/A

Character Breakdown: 1 man, 1 woman, 1 Voice

Polly: Thirties

Owen: Thirties

Voice: The voice of the Black Box Program

Setting: Owen and Polly’s apartment

Time Period: The future

Synopsis of Play: A play set in the future Girl In the Machine, follows the lives of Polly and Owen. They live fairly ordinary lives with Polly working as a lawyer and Owen working as a doctor. One day Owen brings home a gadget called the Black Box. Once Polly starts using it she finds out what an impact this piece of technology is having on her as well as people from all over the world. This play explores the impact that technology can have on society. (Synopsis by Jessica Frydl)

First Performance Date: April 5, 2017

First Producer: Traverse Theatre

Performance History: Girl in the Machine premiered at the Traverse Theatre,Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival on April 5th,2017 and ran till April 22nd. The play starred Rosalind Sydney as Polly and Michael Dylan as Owen. Directed by Orla O’Loughlin. Designed by Neil Warmington. Lighting Design by Sergey Jakovsky. Composed and Sound Designed by Kim Moore. Choreographed by White and Givan. Assistant Directed by Nikki Kalkman.  


Entered by: Jessica Frydl and Leonard Forts

Leonard Forts is a senior at Christopher Newport University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree with a concentration in Music.  In his free time he enjoys needlework and baking. 

Jessica Frydl is a senior at Christopher Newport University. She is a Music-Theatre major with a minor in Communications.

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