Girl In The Machine by Stef Smith

A Bare Bones Alumni SCP production!


Haunting and prescient… Smith invests this world with a rare intensity… there is a solid emotional base to the piece; it has a real authenticity, while the encroaching technological nightmare rings horribly true’.   The Stage

‘A gripping two-hander, a piece of dystopian sci-fi in the manner of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror… takes our present-day unease about the intrusiveness of technology and pushes it a step into the future… a high-stakes, will-she-won’t-she battle that keeps us on edge throughout’           Guardian

Polly and Owen have nailed it. Successful in their careers and wildly in love with each other, they feel ready to take on the world.

But when a mysterious new technology, promising a break from the daily grind, creeps into everyone’s phones, their world is turned upside down. As the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same.

Girl in the Machine is a disturbing but compassionate vision of our potential digital future, and what it might mean for ‘life’ as we know it. The play premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 2017, directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.


Cel Sanel & Ari Mora


Cel Sanel (they/them) recently graduated from Boston University and is excited to be taking on this brilliant play. They were last seen on this stage as Janet in Rocky Horror. They will be working towards a certification in Intimacy Direction and plan on bouncing back and forth between LA and NYC. Huge thanks to the Girl in the Machine team for making this possible. S/o to my wonderful offstage and onstage partner Ari! I adore you let’s do this.

Arianna Mora (They/She) is a recent Emerson college grad with a passion for acting and curiosity of the world. They’ve recently performed in a virtual production of ‘Marisol’ at Emerson and are excited to have their west coast acting debut in Arizona. Arianna hopes to one day merge their love for the arts and social justice work into one, to uplift voices and communities who deserve a chance to be heard. Thanks to the ‘Girl in the Machine’ team for making this amazing production possible. “I can’t wait to be on stage with my amazing real-life partner and share our love”. Let’s do this!

Artistic Staff

Jodie L. Weiss is thrilled to be back directing with Stagebrush/Greasepaint. Jodie has worked with Childsplay for over 20 years, where she has been: an actor, a teaching artist, a director, and is currently their Special Events/Volunteer Coordinator. She has directed and acted with a variety of theatres around the Valley including; Scottsdale Community Players, Greasepaint, Childsplay, Phoenix Theater, and the Hale Theater Center – Elsewhere at The Globe, San Diego Rep, La Jolla Stage Company, Oregon Cabaret Theater, and Starlight Musical Theater. Favorite roles include Truvy in Steele Magnolias, Gertrude in Seussical, Lucille in Junie B Jones, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense, and Hedy LaRue in How To Succeed in Buisness. Jodie has her BFA in Theater from ASU and her MFA in Musical Theater from SDSU.  


Girl In The Machine by Stef Smith

Tickets $20