In honor of the 100th anniversary of Pulitzer-winner Susan Glaspell's haunting classic "Trifles," we present it as part of an evening of one-acts about women as both victims and perpetrators of violence.
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(Photo of theatre designer and activist Edith Craig) by Shannon Cron Much like today, the theatre scene throughout the 1900’s had politically passionate women at their helm. One of the earliest, most notable groups was the Actresses Franchise League: a British women’s suffrage organization. Founded in 1908, the Actresses Franchise League (AFL) was lead by Read more about How theatre made good citizens out of naive, frivolous people[…]
TU Artistic Director Stacey Poirier compiles our top picks for the 2016 Fringe.
In Yuan Dynasty China (1271-1368), women frequently appeared onstage – in fact, it’s likely that most Yuan Dynasty actors were women.
Fourteenth-century author Xia Tingzhi gives biographies of 117 female actors in his Qinglou ji qianzhu (“Green Bower Collection”). Many of these women “portrayed male military figures, demonstrating their artistic mastery of martial arts and acrobatics,” according to Chou Hui-ling, doing so even in performances with both men and women in the cast. The material they Read more about In Yuan Dynasty China (1271-1368), women frequently appeared onstage – in fact, it’s likely that most Yuan Dynasty actors were women.[…]
In Mantua, Italy, in the 1560s, two women achieved celebrity as actresses and managers of troupes performing commedia dell’arte.
“No one pays attention to anything but the plays, nor do you hear anything among the people but the words: ‘I am of Flaminia’s party’ and ‘I am of Vincenza’s,’ and both houses fill up with parties of friends,” wrote poet Antonio Ceruto in a letter in July 1566. Vincenza Armani and “Flaminia” of Rome Read more about In Mantua, Italy, in the 1560s, two women achieved celebrity as actresses and managers of troupes performing commedia dell’arte.[…]
The first woman to appear in a Shakespeare play did so in 1660 – 44 years after Shakespeare’s death.
It’s well known that professional theatre troupes in Renaissance England included male actors only, so that the roles of, for instance, Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, and Cleopatra were first played by boys. This doesn’t mean that women never performed in England at that time. Noblewomen danced in masques at court, and visiting foreign troupes of Read more about The first woman to appear in a Shakespeare play did so in 1660 – 44 years after Shakespeare’s death.[…]
The English writer Aphra Behn (1640-1689) penned seventeen plays, four novels, and a number of poems and short stories. Of her plays, The Rover and The Emperor of the Moon are the most frequently staged today. Few facts about her life are known, although some of those we do know are sensational: she traveled to Read more about Playwright Aphra Behn was one of the first women to earn her living as a writer.[…]
Female playwrights had better odds of being produced in eighteenth century London than they do in today’s United States.
As reported in “The glass curtain,” a San Diego Union-Tribune article by Anne Marie Welsh, theatre historian Melinda C. Finberg determined that “in 1779 London, nearly half the new plays staged were penned by women; in 1979 New York, just two of the 50 new plays produced on Broadway were. At off-Broadway and regional theaters, Read more about Female playwrights had better odds of being produced in eighteenth century London than they do in today’s United States.[…]
Twentieth-century impresario Minnie Fiske was one of the first producers to bring Henrik Ibsen’s plays to the United States.
Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865-1932) began her stage career at the age of three, appearing in Richard III as the Duke of York in a production by her grandmother’s theatre troupe, the Maddern Family Band. She acted steadily until her marriage to Harrison Fiske in 1890, when she took a five-year hiatus from acting and wrote Read more about Twentieth-century impresario Minnie Fiske was one of the first producers to bring Henrik Ibsen’s plays to the United States.[…]