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GOTHAM MAGAZINE – “I’d like to tell you why I wanted to do this interview,” says actor and director Ethan Hawke, a two-time Academy Award nominee who recently starred in a Lincoln Center production of Macbeth.

“A couple of years ago, I had the chance to do Shakespeare and Chekhov around the world with Rebecca,” he says. “I walked away from the experience feeling as if I had worked with a young Katharine Hepburn or Vanessa Redgrave. It’s very rare to run into somebody who is as smart, humble, and gifted as she is.”

Hawke and Hall had teamed up for a 10-month road tour for the Bridge Project that took them from New Zealand to London and Athens. Hall is best known in this country for her roles in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Ben Affleck’s The Town, and Iron Man 3. But the theater is her natural birthright—her father is famed director Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is currently seeing another theater maestro, Sam Mendes.

Hawke says his friend “has everything it takes to be a really serious artist. I think it’s really lucky she’s coming to New York and doing this play.” Hall plays the lead in the stark drama Machinal, written by Sophie Treadwell, inspired by the case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder. Hall stars as the young woman charged with the crime.

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I’ve uploaded a stunning new photoshoot of Rebecca taken for Gotham magazine into the gallery. Be sure to take a look!

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Here’s the accompanying article and interview from Rebecca’s feature in Backstage–it’s a great read so be sure to take a look if you haven’t already.

BACKSTAGE – First things first: The title is pronounced “mash-in-ALL.” Not that star Rebecca Hall, director Lyndsey Turner, or the rest of the cast and crew necessarily knew that for certain when they all signed on to present the first revival of Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal” since its 1928 Broadway debut (featuring a young Clark Gable).

After going back and forth for days between every conceivable pronunciation, Turner brought in a letter she discovered in which Treadwell quite plainly stated she wanted the title said with a soft “sh.” “But the moment they put it on Broadway, the people who did it said, ‘I think it would be better as “MACK-in-all.” ’ And that’s sort of her story, isn’t it?” says Hall. “A bunch of people going, ‘No, you’re probably wrong.’ And so we make quite a concerted effort to go, ‘No, I think you’ll find she was a person and she did have some opinions on her own play. Even if she was a woman!’ ”

That anecdote is particularly telling, given the subject of the play in question. Hall stars as Helen, a young woman ground down by an oppressive, repressive society that limits the options of women. Forced into marriage with an older man (Michael Cumpsty) as much by financial considerations as by the confusion of friends and family over why she wouldn’t leap at the chance for escape into a materialistically better life, Helen eventually takes a lover (Morgan Spector), murders her husband, and goes to the electric chair. And though the play (loosely based on the Ruth Snyder trial that inspired “Double Indemnity”) was written in the late ’20s, Treadwell was so far ahead of her time that it feels shockingly contemporary. Just don’t expect a razzle-dazzle piece of Jazz Age homicide like “Chicago” playing up the street.

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Rebecca is featured on this week’s cover of prestigious industry magazine, Backstage. The magazine itself is very difficult to get hold of but I will try my best to get scans of her feature.

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With huge thanks to Broadway World, I have added some wonderful new photos of Rebecca on stage for her role in Machinal. If you’re planning to see the show, be sure to let us know how it was–and of course, have a great time!

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Lots of Rebecca in the first official trailer for Transcendence. It looks very promising!

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Two brand new teaser trailers for Transcendence have been released, and although neither contains footage from the film, they feature narration from Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. Both do a pretty good job at putting the film into perspective. You can watch them here and here. I have also added a behind the scenes photo of Rebecca alongside director Wally Pfister and co-star Paul Bettany to the gallery. Be sure to take a look!

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