5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Takes On Provincetown
On the heels of their Off Broadway and Fringe Festival success, the team of the campy play "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" are taking their show to Provincetown for a special two-performance engagement during GirlSplash on July 22 and 23, with the hopes that it will translate into a more extended engagement.
"I was out in Provincetown this weekend spreading the word, and I think it will be well received. I think Monday and Tuesday will be a great tryout for us, and after that, I think it could be a reoccurring event in P-Town," said managing producer Rocco Buonpane, who noted that he was currently fielding offers from theaters in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, the Florida Keys, Northampton, California and Atlantis Cruise lines.
"5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" stars Kate Carson-Groner, Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns, Megan Bowers and Maari Suorsa. It was written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood with contributions by Sara Gitenstein, Mary Hollis Inboden, Megan Johns, Thea Lux, Beth Stelling and Maari Suorsa. Sara Gitenstein served as director, and the play was presented by Tony Award-winner John Arthur Pinckard of "Clybourne Park" and "Silence! The Musical" fame.
The play takes us back to 1956, where the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. When Communists threaten their idyllic town, will they be able to keep their cool? The resulting breakdown will have you rolling in the aisles.
"It does have campy, funny parts, great characters and audience participation," said Buonpane. "There is also the WTF factor, that will make your mouth hit the floor. The girls have created characters that fall somewhere between ’Zombie Prom’ and ’The Rocky Horror Picture Show," with a taste of John Waters thrown in."
Paramount among these WTF moments is the quiche diving scene. Spoiler alert, warned Buonpane, before noting that it was among the best scenes in terms of shock factor and unexpected comedy.
"There are these five upstanding ladies from the Susan B. Anthony Society who discover that the world is coming to an end, when one climbs on the table and starts eating the quiche," said Buonpane. "It is a metaphor for something else...or maybe she really likes quiche. The Commies are dropping the bomb, and the last thing you expect in the middle of breakfast is the world coming to an end."
The show began as a ten-minute play in Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 10, and was developed by popular demand into a full-length play. It broke box office records for The New Colony and has gone on to enjoy regional premieres from San Francisco to Omaha to Charleston.
It sold out its entire run at last summer’s FringeNYC, winning the Outstanding Production Award, extending to the FringeNYC Encore Series and then an Off Broadway engagement at the SoHo Playhouse. It reopened at New York’s Snapple Theater last month.
They are having similar luck so far, with Provincetown shows booked for Labor Day Weekend and Women’s Weekend, with the hope that if the play is a critical success, they will be invited back.
"We’d love to keep the show in P-Town and other resort areas with a heavily gay population," said Buonpane. "But the show is not isolated to gay audiences. It is great to have LGBTs, but anybody could have fun with it. One of the show’s best lines is, ’Gentleman, check your ego at the door, because everyone’s a lady here.’"
It’s time for an ’American Pie’ that lesbians can really tuck into. So get your tickets to see this cult favorite during GirlSplash, Labor Day or Women’s Week.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche will play a special engagement for GirlSplash at the Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Theater at 8 p.m. on July 22 and 23. For tickets or information, call 508-487-1430 or visit www.onlyatthecrown.com. For more information on the play, visit http://www.facebook.com/5quiches