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Evangel University Theatre presents Trifles, a drama set in 1952

Published on Nov 4, 2016 by Evangel University News

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Humanities Department will present Susan Glaspell’s murder mystery Trifles, Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 10-12, at 7 p.m. in the Barnett Fine Arts Theater.

Trifles is being directed by Christina Jo Blakely, a senior with a double major in theatre and speech education.

Tickets are $5 general admission, with a student price of $3. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

This production is in a 3-quarter round, with the audience sitting in front and on the sides of the actors. In addition, a limited number of tickets for seats on the stage will be sold at the door on a first come, first served basis.

The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. before each performance. Evangel’s theatre is in the Barnett Fine Arts Center, located south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave.

2016-10.11 EU, Trifles cast
The cast of Trifles, with director Christina Jo Blakely, right. // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The production of Trifles is a capstone for Blakely’s academic career. She has been acting since age 8 and has been in 4 shows at Evangel. She plans to teach theatre after graduation.

“Theatre is my absolute passion,” said Blakely. “It has gotten me through many dark times in my life.”

The cast and crew consist of Evangel students ranging from seniors to first-semester freshmen. The students involved come from a variety of academic departments, as participation is open to all Evangel students.


Trifles by Susan Glaspell is seen as one of the first feminist dramas of our time. It is set in 1952 and a man is murdered. The play’s two female characters, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are able to sympathize with the victim’s wife and their understanding of her possible motive leads them to the evidence against her. The men, meanwhile, are blinded by their cold, emotionless investigation of material facts. This play raises questions about gender stereotypes, and abusive, unhappy marriages.

“This play is dynamic and relevant to our culture,” Blakely said. “Even though it is a shorter and smaller play, it is packed full of important messages.”

For additional information, contact Judy Peebles at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8640.

For more information about the theatre program at Evangel or the humanities department in general, visit .