NACOGDOCHES, Texas –The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed play “Trifles” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Macy Rhodes, a senior theatre major from Center Point, directs the one-act play written by Susan Glaspell. It explores the psychological differences between men and women, their social roles, isolation and perceived justice.

A murder occurs in a rural farmhouse in early 20th century America, and a group of people arrive at the farmhouse to investigate, Rhodes explains. While the men search the crime scene for evidence, the women begin to uncover the events that led up to the murder.

“What ensues is a struggle between morality and legality and masculinity and femininity,” she said.

The cast includes Leander senior Josh Warren as George Henderson; Nacogdoches freshman Jason Couch as Lewis Hale; Mont Belvieu junior Ty Carter as Henry Peters; Waxahachie freshman Emmeline Sullivan as Mrs. Peters; and Red Oak junior Beau McAfee as Mrs. Hale.

Stage manager for “Triffles” is Splendora senior Karagan Haber. Student production assistants are San Antonio sophomore Hannah Pittman and North Richland senior Cortney Francisco.

Rhodes is the president of the student organization Speak Up Devised Theatre. She previously directed “Perfect” by Mary Gallagher and “The American Workplace” by SFA playwright Mickey May.

“Trifles” is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Dr. Inga Meier.

Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.