A Single Murder. Two Tales.
Hear the TALES OF A MIDWESTERN MURDER unfold, and feel the intensity that moved one writer, and a nation.
A lonely farmer’s wife in rural Iowa in 1916 awakens to find her husband has been murdered in the night. Everyone is asking, “Who did it?” Was it a stranger; was it his wife? Why when he was a good man? Women just don’t kill their men.” But behind closed doors, the clues tell a tale of a different life….One worth keeping. Or is this just so many TRIFLES?
Two tales of the “murder of the century” both told by the same woman, first as the lone female reporter covering it in 1901, then again sixteen years later. Trifles, one of the earliest US plays examining domestic violence, shows that, then and now, these stories must be told.
by Susan Glaspell
TALES OF A
adapted by Tricia McDermott
from reporting by Susan Glaspell
Monday, September 17, 2018
One Night Reading of the most recent draft of this developing script.
Manhattan Plaza, NYC