American Bard Theater Company presents a trio of one-acts by early 20th-century American playwrights Susan Glaspell and Marita Bonner, which explore gender roles, race, death, and hope. More…
Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles,' directed by Aimee Todoroff - A ripped-from-the-headlines murder mystery is the inspiration for this play about a seemingly diabolical crime without a motive. While the investigators look for the usual clues, only their wives, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to clearly see the course of events that led to a woman's desperate act.
'Exit: An Illusion' by Marita Bonner, directed by Tonya Pinkins - A lovers' quarrel? A nightmare? A dream? The only thing that is certain is that tomorrow is not promised. So live and love now.
'The People' by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff - The radical newspaper 'The People,' run by the world-weary Edward Willis and his cynical assistant editor Oscar Tripp, is on the verge of shutting down. As the staff and loyal readers take comic swipes at why the paper is failing, a mysterious woman from out of town arrives with some much-needed inspiration, just in time to save the publication.
See it if Smart productions of 3 important plays by women playwrights of the early 20th C. I'd never seen Bonner's work before- a real surprise.
Don't see it if These plays have all aged a bit over the years in both content & style- socially-conscious works that hit timely racial & gender issues.