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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Glaspell Narrator: Jeanie Hackett, Amy Madigan, Sam McMurray, Stephen Vinovich, Steven Weber Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

An 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; and Steven Weber as the County Attorney. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, Los Angeles, in 2011.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phil | 2/10/2014

    " This play is really short, but it touches on a lot of interesting subjects. Probably number one is the relationship between gender and power in American society, though admittedly in the early 20th century. The smug paternalism of the male characters, and the reconstructed brutality of John Wright stand in stark contrast to the women's reluctance to pass judgment and ability to empathize with Mrs. Wright. The only odd spot is Mrs. Wright herself. Although we are, I think, meant to conclude that she murdered her husband because he killed the canary that was her only companion, the rest of her actions and concerns are unexplained. For instance, her seeming willingness to be caught in the house, her request for an apron and some other household things (though the two women speculate that she simply wants to feel normal). Of course, her absence makes it really difficult to get any understanding of her, and all we have to work from is the two women's speculation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/2/2014

    " A short, one act play demonstrating great irony in the way men relate to women's trifles. When a wife is in jail for possibly murdering her husband, it is these trifles which prove to be quite significant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erica M | 2/1/2014

    " an interesting play that questions whether or not murder can be justified in an unjust world? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsey | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this play. It is a one act and every time I read it I love it more. The basic story is three men and two of their wives to out to an old farm house where the man has been murdered and the men look for clues while the women spend their time on "trifles." Fascinating in its message and implications. "

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