Written by Susan Glaspell
Directed by Ann Goulding
A violent murder has occurred in a bleak, untidy kitchen in an abandoned rural farmhouse: the farm’s owner, John Wright, was apparently strangled to death while he slept, and his wife, Minnie, has been taken into custody as a suspect in the crime.
Three men, the sheriff, county attorney, and a neighbor, are investigating the scene, certain that Mrs. Wright was the killer, but unsure of her motive. Two of their wives wait downstairs. The men hurry about the house playing and replaying what they imagine to be the scene of the murder. They leave their wives downstairs to collect a few of Mrs. Wright's things for her as they deal with the important things. They mock the women downstairs for worrying about "trifles". But what they do not know is that it is such "trifles" that enable the women to solve the mystery.
This play was presented at the 2005 Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival, and was nominated for the Best Visual, Best First-time Director (Ann Goulding), Best Curtain Call, and Best Actress (Suzanne Coyle and Kathy Lacasse) Awards. Kathy Lacasse won the Best Actress Award.