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Trifles
Trifles
Trifles
Audiobook29 minutes

Trifles

Written by Susan Glaspell

Narrated by Steven Weber and Full Cast

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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About this audiobook

Based on an actual murder case Susan Glaspell reported for the Des Moines News in 1916, this one-act play represented an early exploration of gender relationships in a time when women often were considered to be mere “trifles.” The play is considered a groundbreaking work in feminist literature and is often included in American drama anthologies.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in April 2011.

Adapted and directed for radio by Rosalind Ayres Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg An L.A. Theatre Works Full-Cast Performance Featuring: Jeanie Hackett as Mrs. Peters Amy Madigan as Mrs. Hale Sam McMurray as the Sheriff Steve Vinovich as Mr. Hale Steven Weber as the County Attorney Recording Engineer/Sound Designer/Mixing/Engineer/Editor: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood

LanguageEnglish
Release dateAug 15, 2011
ISBN9781580818353
Trifles

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I thought Trifles was a good short and sweet play, a lot happens in it in a brief time. It's like a mini mystery novel that shows how women tend to have a understanding with each other when it comes to marital problems and how men are blind to them. I also love how Minnie, the farmers wife, isn't in the play with dialog, but she feels like the main character and you get to know what she is like and what she went through.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This short play was dramatised very well and the play itself reveals so much about these women's lives in the 'trifles'. Heartbreaking even more because of it's connection to a real murder. Nicely done.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Trifles is a fascinating murder mystery drama in which John Wright is strangled to death inside his home. His wife, Mrs. Wright, is the suspect, but Mr. Hale and the County Attorney overlook important clues because of their disregard for “woman stuff.” Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters take more of a notice of these things and find Mrs. Wright’s pet canary dead. They are able to figure out that it was what caused Mrs. Wright to snap and kill her husband. The women decide to hide the bird, the only evidence to solving the crime, to protect her.


    There are many themes in this play, but women and femininity is the major one. In a world ruled by men, women feel trapped, underappreciated, and abused. The audience is left to root for the women who help Mrs. Wright get away with murder because of the way the men of the time are shown to treat women. In a world where the rules are created by men, a woman getting away with one of the most harshly punishable crimes is a good twist of irony. This theme is seen again throughout Mrs. Peters’ trip from a housewife to a lawbreaker as well as Mrs. Hale’s speaking out against men’s sexist remarks.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I thought Trifles was a good short and sweet play, a lot happens in it in a brief time. It's like a mini mystery novel that shows how women tend to have a understanding with each other when it comes to marital problems and how men are blind to them. I also love how Minnie, the farmers wife, isn't in the play with dialog, but she feels like the main character and you get to know what she is like and what she went through.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    A very human look at the effects of our cruelty toward one another. This murderess is no monster, but her life of quiet desperation led her to the point of no return. One act of cruelty was all it took.