Suppressed Desires

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Suppressed Desires is a short play by George Cram Cook (1873 – 1924)[1] and Susan Glaspell (1876 – 1948)[2]

The original text

Originally produced by the Provincetown Players, Premiered July 15, 1915, Provincetown, MA., with Susan Glaspell (as Henrietta Brewster), George Cram Cook (as Stephen Brewster) and Mary Pyne (as Mabel).

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Onderdrukte Begeertes ("Suppressed desires") by Marie Malherbe.

Performance history in South Africa

1960: Staged in Afrikaans as Onderdrukte Begeertes by the newly formed Libertas Theatre Club (Libertas Teaterklub) in the Denneoord Saal, Stellenbosch, in September 1960. Directed by Piet van Straaten, with Marie van Heerden, Fred Roux and Maxie Liebenberg, it was one of three one-act plays performed that evening for the inauguration of the club. The other plays were Die Vreemde Besoeker and The Goldfish. (Interestingly the original play was also one of three sort plays presented as the first production done by the Provincetown Players, a company founded by Cook and Glaspell in 1915.)


Earlier history and productions: Marie van Heerden's personal collection of photographs, newspaper clippings and theatre programmes.

Betty de Wet article in Eikestadnuus, September. 1960.

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