"The Glaspell Project" Opens SDSU Theatre Season
Two one-act plays encourage discussions about social justice
By Elizabeth Allison
The SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film opens its 2018 fall theatre season with The Glaspell Project, comprised of two one-act plays by Susan Glaspell, an early 20th century feminist and co-founder of Provincetown Players. Directed by faculty member Randy Reinholz, the production runs Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 7 in SDSU’s Experimental Theatre.
Trifles, written in 1916, was inspired by a murder trial, and Woman’s Honor, written in 1918, is a satirical comedy. Both plays touch on social justice themes of misogyny and the objectification of women.
The School of Theatre, Television, and Film aspires to gender equity on the stage at SDSU, with a goal of half of the plays presented in each season be written by female playwrights.
Finding an Authentic Voice for Trifles and Woman’s Honor
Director Randy Reinholz values self-representation, and ensured that there were many women in creative decision-making positions for The Glaspell Project. It was crucial to Reinholz that the show not be produced through the lens of how men see women, but instead, that it be a project driven by multiple female perspectives.
“It’s important to recognize that women, or any group, are not a group of homogenous people,” said Reinholz, “I am very familiar with working as a very close ally and advocate, but also as an outsider, facilitating the original authentic voice on stage.”
Jazmine Reynoso, a fourth-year Theatre student and dramaturge for The Glaspell Project compares the women’s movement for suffrage that was taking place when the one-act plays were written with today’s #metoo movement. “The production is not just important for SDSU but also for all the women in the world,” said Reynoso. “Both of these were times for women to come together and fight for what’s right.”
Connecting with Current Social Justice Themes
The production provides the SDSU community with rich content for conversations regarding issues of gender parity and objectification, and the Experimental Theatre is an intimate setting, immersing the audience in the multiple perspectives an opinions of the characters onstage.
Faculty members from various departments across campus will bring their classes to performances, connecting it to materials they are working with in their courses. Community activist groups will also attend, bringing information on the resources they provide.
The SDSU Department of Women’s Studies is taking the opportunity to have students attend this live theatre event by pairing a preview performance with a paneled talk back featuring faculty from their own department and Director Randy Reinholz.
“It’s such a classic script, and I’m so excited that SDSU is performing it,” said Dr. Doreen Maddingly, professor in the Department of Women’s Studies. “The script resonates with so many themes we talk about today, especially the perspective of the oppressed.”
Performances for The Glaspell Project are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in SDSU’s Experimental Theatre. Each one-act play is roughly 30 minutes long. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $17 for students, seniors, and military.