First performed in 1916, the one-act drama tells the story of two women faced with the decision of whether to uphold the law, or protect one of their own. Glaspell's compact and emotionally-charged work delivers a vivid portrait of rural life at the turn of the century, and brings the hardships silently borne by women to the forefront. The Shrill Collective expands upon the original text, interweaving folk music and giving voice to the play's unseen central figure, Minnie Wright.
With Direction by Ashley Croce (Hartford Stages) and Music Direction by Chelsea Feltman (art rock band Ecce Shnak), TRIFLES features a cast of Broadway and Shrill alum actors. Leading the cast is Lynda DeFuria as Minnie (KINKY BOOTS National Tour), Kristina Cole as Mrs. Peters (NBC's THE BLACKLIST), and Allison Wilkes as Mrs. Hales (MCS's THE WALLS). Rounding out the cast is James May as Hale (KINKY BOOTS National/International Tour), Marty Lawson (KING KONG Broadway) as County Attorney, Will Perez as Sheriff (Willboard One Hit Wonders), and Chelsea Feltman, Sarah Murdoch (Strawberry One Act Fest Award Winner, Best Actress), and Annie Sherman (THE KING AND I National Tour) as the Nebraska Nightingales.
Proceeds from this production will benefit The Lower Eastside Girls Club, a community-based organization that works to overcome the fragmentation of youth services by creating a 'whole-girl' approach; emphasizing curiosity, poise, happiness, resiliency, compassion, health and job readiness.