The Happy Hour Theatre is bringing its second production, “Where Souls Grow Wild: A Theatrical Triptych” to the West Sacramento Community Center Black Box Theater from October 18 – 27. The West Sacramento run will be followed by a special one-night performance at The Palms Playhouse on November 3. “Where Souls Grow Wild” features three one-act plays from the early 20th century, each centered around women struggling to be active forces in their own lives. These women must contend with societal expectations of a “woman’s place,” try to balance economic security with emotional fulfillment, and fight for survival in a world in which they have limited power. Though each of these plays is over 100 years old, these struggles poignantly reflect challenges that women around the world still face today. In Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles,” directed by Shenandoah Kehoe, the small details of a woman’s life, easily dismissed as insignificant, provide clues in a murder mystery. Alice Gerstenberg’s “Overtones,” directed by Claudia Wrazel, is an early example of modern experimental theater that shows two cultured women at odds not only with each other but with their own passionate inner selves. And in J.M. Synge’s “Riders to the Sea,” directed by Andrew Fridae, an Irish mother and two sisters face a harsh reality as the sea steadily claims the lives of the men around them. The show will weave poetry and original music among the three plays for a moving and thought-provoking theatrical experience. Audiences are invited to join the cast and crew for a happy hour following each performance. “Where Souls Grow Wild” will run at in West Sacramento on October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8pm, and on October 27 at 2pm. The November 3 performance at The Palms Playhouse will be at 7pm.