Dr.Veena Week 13 TRIFLESSusan Glaspell•Susan Glaspell(1876 –1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist, journalist & actress. •With her husband George Cram Cook she founded the Provincetown Players, the 1stmodern American theatre company. •She composed 9 novels, 15 plays, over 50 short stories & one biography.•Her semi-autobiographical tales typically explore contemporary social issues, like gender, ethics & dissent, while featuring deep, sympathetic characters who make principled stands.•She is today recognized as a pioneering feminist writer & America's 1stimportant modern female playwright. •Her one-act play Trifles(1916) is frequently cited as one of the greatest works of American theatre.•Triflesis a one-act play by Glaspell, 1stperformed by the Provincetown Players at the Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, Massachusetts on Aug 8, 1916. •In the original performance, Glaspell played the role of Mrs. Hale. •The play is frequently anthologized in American literature textbooks.•The play is loosely based on the murder of John Hossack, which Glaspell reported on while working as a news journalist for the Des Moines Daily News.Characters•George Henderson– The county attorney who will prosecute Minnie for murder.•Henry Peters– Local sheriff & husband of Mrs. Peters.•Lewis Hale– Neighbor of the Wrights, who found John Wright dead.