American Machine, a play
"Important, courageous and deep...the power of the writing pulled me deeply and irretrievably into the lives of the characters." David Budbill, Judevine
Colin Cramer and Bridget Butler in a performance of American Machine at FlynnSpace in Burlington, VT. Photo Myesha Gosselin
American Machine, written and directed by James Lantz, is a play that was a co-commissioned project of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT. It premiered at FlynnSpace in Burlington, VT, to sold out houses and positive reviews.
Seth Jarvis as "Ipsy" in American Machine at FlynnSpace. Photo Myesha Gosselin
"American Machine doesn't use plot to develop its characters; instead, it uses Lantz's richly formed characters to develop its plot.
Most of the play is built around that uneasy camaraderie that develops when people have been together for a long time and either grow to love each other or at least need each other. Only occasionally during these lighter moments does American Machine pull the curtain back to reveal its real message. But once it does, it's powerful."
Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press
Dennis McSorley in a performance at FlynnSpace. Photo Myesha Gosselin
A scene from American Machine at FlynnSpace. From l. to r. Colin Cramer, Dennis McSorley, Seth Jarvis, Bridget Butler, and Teresa Lorenco. Photo Myesha Gosselin
Excerpt from the script of "American Machine" by James Lantz