A Comic Satire Set In The 1950s Opens September 11

Cotuit Center for the Arts presents “Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” a comedy by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, from September 11 to 28 in the Black Box Theater. Performances are at 8 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 4 PM on Sunday. There is no performance on Saturday, September 13.

“Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” a comic satire, takes place at the annual quiche breakfast of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. The show is set in the 1950s, an era dominated by Cold War fears and anxieties. Nuclear war was a daily threat in the minds of many Americans.

The play won Best Overall Production at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival and also enjoyed a run at the SoHo Playhouse as part of the FringeNYC Encore Series. The New York Times wrote, “It’s raw and magnetic dementia seems destined to attract a cult following.”

“The show’s humor evolves as a peaceful quiche bake-off spins out of control,” said director Jo Brisbane. “The year is 1956, a time when women were expected to wear a girdle, keep their mouths shut, bake the day away, and scrub everything in sight.”

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Innuendos, suppressed sexual feelings, shocking revelations, and political humor abound, as the women compete for the annual best quiche award and cope with a looming nuclear disaster.

Assisting Ms. Brisbane is art director Tristan DiVincenzo (who directed “Moby Dick! The Musical” at Cotuit Center for the Arts this past summer). He will help shape the final effects, including sound, lighting, and set work.

Stage manager Tom Crutchfield has researched hair and makeup styles for the show and has assisted with costumes.

Cynthia Harrington, Karen Santos, PJ McKey, Melanie Powers, and Jeanny Wishingstone will be the featured performers for the show.

Ms. Brisbane has carefully chosen her cast “for their warped comedic skills. I’d love to be on stage with any one of them,” she said. “I have to remind myself to stop laughing at this great cast and to continue to take notes at each and every rehearsal.”

Tickets are $15, $12 for members. For tickets, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.

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