TELLING TRIFLES A festival inspired by Susan Glaspell, American drama's best-kept secret To be presented at the West End Theatre Exact list of programming,schedule of events, and artists involved will be announced in February.
Susan Glaspell is a Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, actress, journalist, novelist, and one of the founders of Provincetown Players, the first modern American theater company. She has been heralded as America’s first important 20th century female playwright. Her repertoire of short works not only reflect the political pulse of her time, they continue to shed light on the current female perspective, inspiring women in our industry to create bold, new works that speak to women of our past and present. And yet, not many people know her name. This is why British theater critic Michael Billington dubbed her “American drama’s best-kept secret.” In order to honor this auspicious woman, Hunger & Thirst will present TELLING TRIFLES, a festival inspired by Susan Glaspell, American drama’s best-kept secret. The cornerstone of the festival will be performances of Glaspell’s most recognized work, Trifles (featuring artistic associates Natalie Hegg and Emily Kitchens, directed by artistic director Patricia Lynn).
Along with Trifles performances, Hunger & Thirst is excited to announce that we will be hosting a series of readings, workshops, and/or performances of new short works inspired by Trifles or Susan Glaspell’s life, all of which will be written by current female playwrights and directed by female directors. We feel the best way to honor such a pioneering female theatre artist like Susan Glaspell is to give voice to our current female theatre artists.
If you are a female or female-identifying writer who wishes to submit a piece for us, please view the PDF below for a list of guidelines and submission information. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018.
If you are a female or female-identifying director who wishes to be involved, please submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2018. You will be contacted if we wish to interview you.
HE AWAKENS HER and HE DEVOURS HER Parts One and Two of a modern-day Dracula adaptation Written by Patricia Lynn Inspired by Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Directed by Jacob Titus To be performed at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Center
A woman is lost in the fog. She senses that something is stalking her. She stops. She turns her neck. She invites him deep within her... This unsettling dream has been plaguing Mina Murray-Harker for weeks. She tries to convince herself it must be caused by the stress of her husband being away on business in Transylvania. But then a mysterious heavy fog smothers Mina’s community in darkness. Dead bodies are discovered with a telltale wound to their necks. And Mina definitely senses that something is watching her, eager to make her terrifying nightmare come true... He Awakens Her and He Devours Her is a new rewritten expansion of Hunger & Thirst’s 2016 production of Dracula. Inspired by our audience’s feedback that they loved seeing a variety of modern feminist themes within a traditional monster story, He Awakens Her and He Devours Her delves deeper into these ideas. While staying true to the original novel, the story is more sharply focused on the struggles of Dracula’s female victims and illuminates how Bram Stoker’s themes regarding Victorian women’s role in society are strikingly relevant even today.
He Awakens Her and He Devours Her is a two-part theatrical event; each installment is 90 minutes in length. Audiences can choose how they wish to experience the full breadth of the epic tale: by going on two different nights, on the same day with a meal break in between, or in a single sitting as a special three hour event.