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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

The 'Machinal' life UMS to bring diverse

Rude Mechanicals
to present dystopian
story at Mendelssohn
By JOEY STEINBERGER
DailyArts Writer
Wake up. Go to class. Eat.
Study. Go to bed. Repeat. Some-
times, life in college can feel like
a mechanical
repetition of Machinal
these steps for
days on end. Tonight and
If you identify Tomorrow at 8
with this senti- p.m., Sunday
ment, consider at 2 p.m.
disruptingyour Mendelssohn
daily routine to Teatre
go see someone Theatre
else's in the From $3
Rude Mechani-
cals' production of"Machinal."
An expressionist work written
by playwright Sophie Treadwell,
"Machinal" follows a woman
stuck in a post-industrial society.
She works as a secretary, per-
forming the same repetitive tasks
day after day. Eventually, she
breaks from her ritualistic exis-
tence by murdering her husband.
"The main character goes to
work as a secretary, and every-
one around her has one job," said
Education junior Grace Hawkins,
one of the producers of the show.
"There is the telephone girl who
says the same things over and
over and the lawyers who are
mechanical in nature. You think
of the 'It's a Small World After
All' ride. "
Last semester, the Rudes per-
formed "Hamlet" as inspired
by "Mad Men." They updated
the troubled Danes' looks with
1960s-style men's suits and wom-

musician L6 to U'

Music, Theatre & Dance senior Sango Tajima is directing the show.

en's cocktail dresses. For each
show, they try to pursue a differ-
ent creative direction.
"(We're) using video projec-
tions of footage the director took
in Japan over Christmas break,"
Hawkins said. "It represents ... a
society where you are a cog in the
machine."
These video projections are
meant to set the mood of the play,
but they also serve a more uocon-
ventional function: as elements
that interact with the set and
characters in the play.
"Machinal" is Music, Theatre
& Dance senior Sango Tajima's
directorial debut. The show's
producers chose Tajima out of
a pool of five other applicants.
Once chosen by the producers,
the director auditioned actors
and actresses.
"We selected Sango because
we felt really good about it. There
is something very original and
interesting about her approach,"
Hawkins said.
In her application to the pro-
ducers, Tajima wrote: "The
mechanical aspect will not
only be overstated. The actors

play their characters as zombie
robots. I want to have characters
who are as real as possible, but
their actions and speech are very
mechanical. This balance will be
chilling."
The Rude Mechanicals is
entirely student-run. They
receive funding for their shows
from the University Activities
Center. UAC works with the
group to schedule performance
dates as well, since the Rudes
perform in the University-owned
Mendelssohn Theatre.
To make the most of the money
they receive, the students in
the Rudes often help with show
essentials, such as set design.
"One thing the Rudes require
is that the actors and the produc-
tion team have to help build the
set," Hawkins said. "Literally all
the actors will be hammering on
Sunday. They won't be acting;
they will be organizing the cos-
tumes - it's very hands-on."
Now: Read article. Go to class.
Eat. Study. With the mechanical
nature of our own daily routine,
"Machinal" could ring especially
poignant.

By TYLER BAILEY
For the Daily
As the semester comes to a
close, students will have the
chance to experience a soulful
West African
innovator per- Cheikh L6
form his own
blend of Cen- Arts & Eats
tral and West- tonight at
ern African 6:30 p.m. at
music styles. University
Cheikh Lo Alumni Center
will be show- and at 8 p.m.
casing his art at Michigan
along with an Theater
accompany-
ing band at the From $18
Michigan The-
ater tomorrow. Lo is known as
a singer, songwriter and percus-
sionist.
This performance is part
of a series of events put on by
the University Musical Soci-
ety called "Arts & Eats," during
which students are invited to
share a meal with likeminded
peers before the performance.
Previous "Arts & Eats" events
have featured John Malkovich
presenting theatrical opera and
a performance by the Grammy
Award-winning UMS Choral
Union. Also included in the price
of a student's ticket is a discus-
sion by somneone with valu-
able knowledge to share or an

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tive event relating to the While guest speakers have
ing performance. prefaced previous acts, this
week's concert is an final event of the semester will
e of the diversity of per- be accompanied by a lesson in
ces UMS helps students traditional Senegalese dance.
nce. Lo creates his own Senegalese artist Idy Ciss will
f music by blending many be leading the lesson, complete
and styles, including reg- with live Dun and Djembe drum-
unk and flamenco. His mers. This additional lesson is
melodies are accom- being presented in collaboration
by his soulful voice and with UMS by Heritage Works, a
which he sings in four lan- Detroit-based cultural arts orga-
English, French, Wolof nization that allows students to
nguage spoken in Senegal experience the many cultural
Jula, a dialect spoken in aspects that go along with musi-
a Faso. cal performance.
"These events are becom-
ing more social, more interac-
:udents can tive and more activity-based
so they're really designed to be
n Senegalese oconversation starters as opposed
to talks or lectures," Render
dance at said.
In this event and "Arts & Eats"
arts & Eats. events of the past, UMS has
helped make a home for the arts
here on campus.
"I think it's really important
s just provided a lot of and really special that Ann Arbor
too his music and he's brings in these artists from all
unique artist," said Truly over the world," Render said.
, UMS press and mar- "You can go on a mini-vacation
coordinator. "Really, it's and experience the finest music
derful performance, and from Africa, a great theater com-
wcases our world-music pany from the UK, a wonderful
at its finest. It's all this dance company from France....
f wonderful hybrid that I So, it's like having access to the
kind of typifies the whole whole world - it's right at your
t of world music." doorstep."

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