Trifles

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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, Los Angeles in 2011.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580818346
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Kirszner is a bestselling author and a practicing teacher who is well known nationally. Kirszner, together with coauthor Stephen R. Mandell, has written bestsellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any handbook author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from Developmental to Literature.

Stephen Mandell is a bestselling author and a practicing teacher who is well known nationally. Mandell, together with coauthor Laurie G. Kirszner, has written bestsellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any handbook author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from Developmental to Literature.

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Table of Contents

About the Series iii
Preface vii
Introduction 1
Trifles: Making It New 3
Literature 11
About the Author: Susan Glaspell 13
Trifles 15
Discussion Questions 29
Research Topics 30
Secondary Sources 31
Ben-Zvi, Linda. From "'Murder, She Wrote': The Genesis of Susan Glaspell's Trifles." Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Theater and Fiction. Ed. Linda Ben-Zvi. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1995. 19-48 33
Alkalay-Gut, Karen. "Murder and Marriage: Another Look at Trifles." Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Theater and Fiction. Ed. Linda Ben-Zvi. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1995. 71-81 51
Mael, Phyllis. "Trifles: The Path to Sisterhood." Literature/Film Quarterly 17.4 (1989):281-84 60
Stein, Karen F. "The Women's World of Glaspell's Trifles." In Women in American Theatre. Rev. and expanded ed. Ed. Helen Krich Chinoy and Linda Walsh Jenkins. New York: Theatre Communications, 1987. 253-256 66
Glaspell, Susan. "A Jury of Her Peers." 70
Mustazza, Leonard. "Generic Translation and Thematic Shift in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and 'A Jury of Her Peers.'" Studies in Short Fiction 26.4 (1989): 489-96 89
Sample Student Research Paper 99
Surrogate Jurors 101
Bibliography 107
Works by Susan Glaspell 109
Works of General Interest about Susan Glaspell 110
Critical Appraisals of Trifles and "A Jury of Her Peers" 112
Film Adaptation 113
World Wide Web Sites 113
Appendix 115
A Guide to MLA Documentation Style 117
Credits 132
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