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In Chains of Dew, Glaspell pillories a self-important poet, Seymore Standish, through a marvelous trio of women characters: Nora Powers, his suitably named girlfriend; Dotty, his wife; and his mother. Seymore lives a double life, spending part of the year as a Greenwich Village bohemian and the other part at home, living a typically bourgeois life in the Midwest. Tired of his constant complaints of being burdened by his marriage and his responsibilities as a breadwinner, Nora herself goes west, only to find that it is actually his wife and mother who feel stifled by him and his need to be needed by them. With hilarious results, Nora and Dotty join forces to establish the first Midwestern branch of the Birth Control League in the Standish’s living room. Of special historical and literary significance, Chains of Dew examines the changing roles of American women in the first two decades of the twentieth century, focusing on gender ideology, differences among women (age, class, and occupation), marital relations, reproductive freedom, and the artist’s role – ideas that were crucial in 1922 and are still relevant today.

Chains of Dew at Zephyer Rep 2010

July 28 – August 1. Off-Off Broadway Zephyer Rep presented Chains of Dew at  the Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher St., NYC. Directed by Gretchen Ferris.

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Chains of Dew at the San Francisco Free Civic Theater 2009

The San Francisco Free Civic Theatre performed the first professional American revival of Chains of Dew since 1922, on April 2-12 2009, directed by Glenn Havlan. The cast included Kelly Rinehart as Nora Powers, John Hull as Leon Whittaker, Ariel Herzog as James O’Brien, Greg Gutting as Seymore Standish, Mamie Rheingold as Dotty Standish, and Kristin Anundsen as Mother Standish. Continue reading

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Abridged Script of Chains of Dew

The Susan Glaspell Society is pleased to make available an abridged version of Susan Glaspell’s play, Chains of Dew, adapted and with a prologue by Cheryl Black, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theatre, University of Missouri-Columbia. Continue reading

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Chains of Dew at the Orange Tree Theatre 2008

The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond U.K., revived Glaspell’s Chains of Dew, directed by Kate Saxon, on 12 March – 5 April 2008, to very favorable reviews. Continue reading

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