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Visionary Voices: 2 Women Writers, 3 Big Stories
March 5 @ 8:00 am - March 23 @ 8:00 pm
Three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America’s early twentieth century.
Trifles by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff
A “ripped from the headlines” murder-mystery is the inspiration for Glaspell’s iconic play about a seemingly diabolical crime without a motive. While the investigators look to the usual clues, only their wives, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to clearly see course of events that lead to a woman’s desperate act. Director Aimee Todoroff states, “The discussion around the inclusion of women’s perspectives in our public discourse, especially in politics and media, has been a hot topic in 2016. In 1916, Susan Glaspell brilliantly created a taught, heart-wrenching mystery that can only be fully understood when the audience shares the women’s perspective, illuminating in a visceral way that inclusion is imperative to the human experience. Without women, we’re only telling half the story!”
Cast: Cheri Wicks*, Mel House*, Michael Birch*, Arthur Aulisi*, Chris Harcum*
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, Love Now.
Cast: Morgan McGuire, T. Thompson, Carl Fisk
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 each 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 People.” The Charlie Hebdo shootings. Breitbart media. Fake news. A ‘post-fact society.’ These issues can feel overwhelming. It’s enough to make a person want to give up. Susan Glaspell’s humor, wit and experience as a journalist send us a poignant message from exactly 100 years ago…Hope.
Cast: Arthur Aulisi*, Erin Gilbreth*, Chris Harcum*, Carl Fisk, Nihara Nichelle, Sidiki Fofana, Cheri Wicks*, Michael Birch*, Mel House*, Morgan McGuire, T. Thompson, and Madeline Lovegrove
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Showcase.