Dec 14 2014

Trifles


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Trifles, by Susan Glaspell (Drama)

Production 8:
Trifles, by Susan Glaspell (Drama)
Starring Louise Latham, Edie Talt, Larry Williams, David Newton and Braden McKinley
[Playing Time: 24:59]

(An eerie crime in an isolated farmhouse. Who uncovers the “why”?)

Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was born in Davenport, Iowa and worked as a journalist for the Des Moines Daily News. When her stories began appearing in magazines she gave up the newspaper business. In 1915 she met stage director George Cook; together they founded the Provincetown Players on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a troupe that included Eugene O’Neill and Edna St. Vincent Millay. It was largely thanks to Glaspell’s intervention that O’Neill’s first plays were performed, and she played a major role in stimulating and encouraging his writing in the following years. Much of her writing is strongly feminist, dealing with the roles that women play, or are forced to play, in society and the relationships between men and women. She wrote more than 50 short stories, nine novels, one biography and eleven plays including Alison’s House for which she recieved the Pulitzer Prize in 1931.Trifles (our current podcast), inspired by a murder she covered while working as a reporter, was produced in 1916 for the Provincetown Playhouse. A year later she rewrote it as the short story “A Jury of Her Peers.”

 

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