Susan Glaspell

Plays by Susan Glaspell

audio Trifles

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Written by Susan Glaspell in 1916, Trifles is a one-act play about a woman accused of strangling her husband. Based on an actual murder case reported by Glaspell for the Des Moines News, the play represented an early exploration of gender relationships in a time when women often were considered to be mere trifles. A groundbreaking feminist play, Trifles is often included in anthologies of drama and literature.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order):

Jeanie Hackett as Mrs. Peters;

Amy Madigan as Mrs. Hale;

Sam McMurray as the Sheriff;

Steven Vinovich as Mr. Hale;

Steven Weber as the County Attorney.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

Featuring: Jeanie Hackett, Amy Madigan, Sam McMurray, Stephen Vinovich, Steven Weber

Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) is perhaps best known for her one-act play Trifles, an early feminist take on the murder investigation genre. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Glaspell was famous in her own lifetime as a playwright, novelist, short story writer and journalist. The rise of feminist literary studies has brought about renewed interest in her work.