“No men, no meat, all manners.” That’s the motto of the all-women, all-widows, all-quiche loving membership of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein featured in the play 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. It’s 1956, and between comic quiche-eating double entendre and the threat of nuclear annihilation, a meeting of cheerful, mild-mannered ladies devolves into a slap-happy, Sapphic free-for-all.
Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood (both men, not their fault), the play was a hit at the New York International Fringe Festival last summer (and returns for three performances June 27-28). It takes place during the annual quiche bake-off at an unnamed city’s community center and is led by the five leaders of the society, played by Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns, Thea Lux, Caitlin Chuckta and Maari Suorsa, all in punchy pastel, New Look-like designs. Be prepared: The audience members are given ladies nametags and comprise the rest of the society’s membership.
Now say “quiche” 10-times fast. Weird. Now watch the trailer for the play below: