Ballard High School students explore gender, marriage and murder in an upcoming virtual play, “Trifles.” The Ballard High School’s play production class staged the virtual reading of the one-act play, which can be viewed online starting Dec. 4.

The play was written in 1916 by Susan Glaspell — a former journalist, and it’s based loosely on a murder she covered. 

According to the announcement, the play opens at the farmhouse of John and Minnie Wright. The sheriff, the attorney, and a neighbor arrive to investigate the death of John Wright, who was strangled in his sleep as his wife continued sleeping. Looking closer into Minnie Wright’s world, they make a startling discovery.

The play production class students cast the show, designed the poster, selected costumes and music, and recruited students from Ballard’s film program to record the play.

Admittance is a suggested donation.  A link to the show will be published at www.ballardperformingarts.org Dec. 4, and people can donate on the website.

The performance will be a recorded video on the Ballard Performing Arts YouTube channel. People can watch at their pleasure, or send the link to others to watch the show. The video will remain posted for the indefinite future.

For more information, contact Shawn Riley.