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A Mid-Season Trifle...

THE EVENT: Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles is a masterpiece of American realism and one of the most powerful short plays ever written. Staged here by Barrymore Award winning director, Dan Kern, this private showing, which includes drinks and food, is only available to EgoPo Bronze Subscribers and above.

 

HISTORY OF THE PLAY: The one-act play Trifles was first performed by the Provincetown Players at the Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, Massachusetts on August 8, 1916. In the original performance Glaspell played the role of Mrs. Hale. The play is loosely based on the murder of John Hossack, which Glaspell reported on while working as a news journalist for the Des Moines Daily News. Hossack's wife, Margaret, was accused of killing her husband. Trifles is seen as an example of early feminist drama. Its two female characters, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are able to sympathize with the victim's wife, Minnie, and their understanding of her possible motive leads them to decipher the murder while the men are left in the dark.

 

THE PLAYWRIGHT:  Susan Glaspell co-founded the Provincetown Players, America’s first theater company, and one of the most influential in our history. A prolific Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, she is now sadly often known for discovering Eugene O’Neill. A prolific writer, Glaspell wrote nine novels, fifteen plays, and over fifty short stories. Her one-act play Trifles is frequently cited as one of the greatest works of American theater, though she remains, according to Britain's leading theater critic Michael Billington, "American drama's best kept secret."

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