On Book! Readers Theatre

Trifles and The Zoo Story

Two short American plays that expose, explore, mock, and mourn the way we relate to each other.

Weds. & Thurs., March 7-8 7:30 pm
Whittier Theatre
Free Admission!
Directed by Georgia Smith


by Susan Glaspell

A farmer has been strangled in his bed as his wife lay beside him. She’s now in jail, claiming to be innocent. As the sheriff investigates the scene with a small group of men, the sheriff’s wife and her friend, quietly uncover a key to the murder… This mini-play from 1916 is by the Pulitzer-prizewinning founder of the Provincetown Players.  Featured readers are Deb Langhans, Susan Williams, Scott Mapstead, Stan Matthews, and John Davis.

The Zoo Story
by Edward Albee

A stranger walks up to a man on a Central Park bench and says, “I’ve been to the zoo.” What follows is one of the wildest, most brilliantly written conversations in American theater, a no-holds-barred skewering of social prejudices and indifference, delivered with reckless humor and profound sadness. This is Albee’s first major play, from 1959, and premiered at the Provincetown Players – after a slew of New York theaters rejected it.  Featured readers are John Davis and Scott Mapstead.

In the On Book! series, island directors gather actors and friends to read new, classic, and prize-winning plays.

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