The Verge

This play is Glaspell’s recognition of the way in which Victorian society left some women feeling trapped in roles for which they were unsuited.

Play title:  The Verge

Author (s):  Susan Glaspell

Publisher: Small, Maynard Company

Publication Date: 1922

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Psychology

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 5 Men, 4 Women

Anthony, Harry Archer, Hattie, Claire, Dick, Tom Edgeworthy, Elizabeth, Adelaide, Dr. Emmons

Setting: Varies

Time Period: 1920’s

Synopsis of Play: This play is Glaspell’s recognition of the way in which Victorian society left some women feeling trapped in roles for which they were unsuited. Because of the play’s non-realistic speech patterns and expressionistic elements, it was dismissed by most critics as being muddled and confusing. It has recently been ‘‘rediscovered’’ by feminist theorists, however, who see the work as an important contribution to theatre history. In 1921 when this play was first produced, women were still expected to stay at home and be dutiful wives and mothers. Many women began to voice dissatisfaction with their lack of opportunities and tried to change the situation. Thus, the feminist movement began to take hold. Other women rebelled by retreating into despondency, depression and, sometimes, madness. The Verge also reflects the fascination with Freudian theory that was sweeping the United States at the time. Freud had delivered his first U.S. lectures in 1909, and his theories of psychoanalysis and dream interpretation were widely discussed in many popular publications of the day. https://librivox.org/the-verge-by-susan-glaspell/

First Performance Date: November 14th, 1921

First Producer: Provincetown Playhouse

Performance History: The Verge was first performed at the Provincetown Playhouse on November 14th, 1921. Later, the play was presented in 1991 at a conference at Brigham Young University.

Links:

https://journals.openedition.org/miranda/8220

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/theater/reviews/10verge.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=245136B7E15491273F1FAF20C0B15FD1&gwt=pay

https://www.backstage.com/review/ny-theater/off-off-broadway/the-verge/

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/34363

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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