- December 11
Susan Glaspellís 1921 drama begins in 1879, when the maverick Silas Morton defies the wisdom of realtors and homesteaders alike and establishes a college on a prime spot of land on the Mississippi. Forty years later, when the country is swept up by rabid "Americanism", Silasís iconoclastic granddaughter is a student at the college he founded, and she is faced with social ostracism, family reprisal, and federal prison when she stands up for the civil rights of two Indian nationalists. In this strikingly prescient story, one woman must set herself outside of her society to embrace the legacy of her inspirational ancestor.
Sean Dill, David Fraioli*, Peter Judd*,
David Lally, Tod Mason*, Samantha Needles, Jeff Pagliano, Margaret Loesser Robinson*, Sue Glausen Smith, and Matthew Trumbull.
by: Yvonne Conybeare
Stage Manager: Pamela Hybridge
Set Design: Ryan Scott
Costume Design: Rebecca Lustig
Assistant Costume Design: Emily Pepper
Lighting Design: Alexander C. Senchak
Music/Sound Design: Ben Ruby
Violin: Ben Lively
Fight Director: Scott Barrow
Dramaturg: Michael Bloom
GLASPELL (1876-1948) is most notable today from her
one-act play Trifles.
She was one of the founding members of the Provincetown Playhouse on
Cape Cod, where she discovered the then unknown playwright Eugene
OíNeill, became a driving force in the Little Theatre Movement, and
changed Americaís theatrical landscape in the process.
Susan Glaspell married George Cram Cook in 1913 and together they wrote Suppressed Desires and founded the Provincetown Playhouse to produce their own work. Moving the Playhouse to New York, they achieved great critical acclaim, which eventually caused a rift between the founding and the new members of the Playhouse. They left the Players in 1922, after Inheritors was produced, which became Glaspellís last Provincetown production. Glaspell and Cook moved to Greece, where he died two years later of glanders.
Glaspell then had a short relationship with Norman Matson, an undistinguished writer who was unable or unwilling to accept her literary prowess. Soon after in 1936, Glaspell accepted a position as the Director of Midwest Play Bureau for the Federal Theater Project. She resigned in 1938 and returned to Provincetown, entertaining friends, her stepchildren, and continuing to write. She died in Provincetown Massachusetts in 1948.
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|* Member, Actors Equity Association||Inheritors is an
Equity approved Showcase