Voyage to Lesbos

by  Maureen Angelos, Lisa Kron, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  5f

"Like the best new queer art, Voyage to Lesbos co-opts all the most pathetic mainstream stereotypes of gayness, and plays them for all their maliciously parodic worth." - San Francisco Weekly

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    Cast Size

    5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The maiden effort from legendary theater troupe the Five Lesbian Brothers, Voyage to Lesbos takes a darkly humorous look at the warping effects of internalized homophobia and phallo-centrism on the lesbian psyche. The action takes place in Lesbos, Illinois, in a vaguely defined pre-Stonewall, post-Freudian period of American culture. The occasion is Bonnie's wedding day. Five inextricably intertwined women ostensibly prepare for the happy event, while their every action serves to sabotage it. Highlights include several rousing musical numbers and a jerk-off session between the cousins, Bonnie and Connie, involving banal heterosexual fantasy and a vacuum cleaner. Ever treading on thin ice, Voyage to Lesbos laughs so that it does not cry.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Like the best new queer art, Voyage to Lesbos co-opts all the most pathetic mainstream stereotypes of gayness, and plays them for all their maliciously parodic worth." - San Francisco Weekly

"High on lesbian content and unrestrained sexuality." - SF Bay Guardian

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: Lesbos County, Illinois. 1960s
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5f
JANET - butch-like, squirrely, has sex with Bonnie, mid-twenties.
EVELYN - serious and dark inside, has sex with Bonnie, early thirties.
CONNIE - a mess, but she wears her sixties fashion well. Bonnie's cousin, has had sex with bonnie and Mimi, early thirties.
BONNIE - perky and manic, probably blond, Connie's cousin, has sex with everyone in the play, mid-twneties.
MIMI - divorcee who seems older than her years, used to have sex with Connie, early thirties.
PAPER GIRL
DR. ROBERT TAYLOR - predatory psychoanalyst.
PRIEST - predatory man of the cloth.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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Authors

Maureen Angelos

Maureen Angelos

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her plays include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, and The Ver**zon Play. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home (with music by composer Jeanine Tesori), winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including ...

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Babs Davy

Babs Davy

Dominique Dibbell

Dominique Dibbell

Peg Healey

Peg Healey

Voyage to Lesbos premiered at the WOW Cafe in new York City in May 1990 under the direction of Kate Stafford.

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